The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is an industry classification system developed by Statistics Canada in conjunction with the Mexican and United States governments. In total, there are 20 different industry sectors identified in NAICS, identified by a specific 2-digit sector code.
|Industry Code||Industry Code|
|11 Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting||53 Real Estate and rental and leasing|
|21 Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction||54 Professional, scientific and technical services|
|22 Utilities||55 Management of companies and enterprises|
|23 Construction||56 Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services|
|31-33 Manufacturing||61 Education services|
|41 Wholesale trade||62 Health care and social assistance|
|44-45 Retail trade||71 Arts, entertainment and recreation|
|48-49 Transportation and warehousing||72 Accommodation and food services|
|51 Information and cultural industries||81 Other services (except public administration)|
|52 Finance and insurance||91 Public Administration|
Each of the NAICS categories listed above can be broken down even further to a 3-digit, 4-digit, 5-digit level, with each level becoming more specific. Let’s use Milk Production as a quick example to illustrate the levels:
- 11 Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
- 112 Animal production and aquaculture
- 1121 Cattle ranching and farming
- 11212 Dairy cattle and milk production
How Do I find an Industry?
In total, there are over 900 Canadian industries listed in the NAICS, each with a different code to identify the specific industry. For a complete list of all of the NAICS codes, the NAICS structure, and related information, users can download the full PDF document at Statistics Canada – NAICS. Additional resources that users can access include:
There is much more information that you might be looking for about the NAICS that WDB would be glad to help you with. Please feel free to contact us anytime at HelpDesk@wdb.ca.