North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Canada 2022 Version 1.0


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44-45 - Retail trade

This sector comprises establishments primarily engaged in retailing merchandise, generally without transformation, and rendering services incidental to the sale of merchandise.

The retailing process is the final step in the distribution of merchandise; retailers are therefore organized to sell merchandise in small quantities to the general public.

Internet retail, direct selling, and mail-order retail are not separately classified from traditional in-store (also known as "brick and mortar") retail. Units that engage in retailing by any of these methods are classified based on the type of good sold. Meanwhile, vending machine operators are grouped with convenience retailers.

In addition to selling merchandise, some types of retailers are also engaged in the provision of after-sales services, such as repair and installation. For example, new automobile dealers, electronic and appliance retailers and musical instrument and supplies retailers often provide repair services, while floor covering stores and window treatment retailers often provide installation services. As a general rule, establishments engaged in retailing merchandise and providing after sales services are classified in this sector.

455 - General merchandise retailers

This subsector comprises establishments primarily engaged in retailing a general line of merchandise that may, or may not, include a general line of grocery items.

  • Exclusion(s)

    • retailing a general line of building and home improvement materials (See 444110 Home centres)
    • retailing a general line of grocery items (See 445110 Supermarkets and other grocery retailers (except Convenience retailers))
    • retailing a general line of used goods (See 459510 Used merchandise retailers)

4551 - Department storesUS

This industry group comprises establishments primarily engaged in retailing a wide range of products, with each merchandise line constituting a separate department within the store. Selected departments may be operated by separate establishments, on a concession basis.

4552 - Warehouse clubs, Supercentres and other general merchandise retailersUS

This industry group comprises establishments primarily engaged in retailing a general line of grocery items typically by multi-unit cases and/or in large formats, in combination with a general line of non-grocery items; and typically charging a membership fee. It also comprises of establishments, not classified to any other industry group, primarily engaged in retailing goods in general merchandise retailers.

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