13. Subsidiaries

13.1 List subsidiaries, products, and locations.

Basic information on corporate structure may be found at Canada’s Business Registries. You can  also search for a federally registered corporation at Corporations Canada on the Industry Canada website.

The Inter-corporate ownership product is a comprehensive source of information available on corporate ownership. It is essentially directory of “who owns what” in Canada. It provides up-to-date information reflecting recent corporate takeovers and other substantial changes.  

The Canadian section of Search Systems links to corporate registration information at the provincial level in the “corporations and business” tab.  The level of information available and whether there is a fee involved varies by Province. You may also want to explore other types of public information that is available.

USAspending.gov can help you identify subsidiaries by searching for a company, clicking on an award, and clicking “view child recipients.”

You should also consult the company web site and Hoover’s where you can buy more detailed information.

It is important to note that firms are structured very differently in terms of subsidiaries. Some firms have a very complex subsidiary structure, while others do not.  Some fold new acquisitions into the parent company, while others maintain them as subsidiaries. These differences may or may not be of any significance.