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Frequently Asked Questions

If you cannot find the answer to your question on this page, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Why am I unable to see the map for a certain company?

icriq.com uses the features offered by Google Maps to locate companies. Some addresses are not recognized by Google Maps.

How can I ensure that my company will be located correctly by Google Maps?

If your company's address is not recognized by Google Maps, you can register it at the following address. It's easy and free, regardless of whether you have a website or not.


What information do I find on companies registered on icriq.com?

A company profile contains the following information: 

  • Legal name
  • English name
  • Main address
  • Mailing address
  • Fax and phone numbers
  • Email (used to get more information about a product)
  • Website
  • Administrative region
  • Type of Activity
  • Date of foundation
  • Name of contact persons
  • Number of employees
  • Products and services
  • Trademarks
  • Main business activity no and description
  • Quality assurance
  • Sales
  • Exporting activity
  • Sales territory
  • Branches
What is the Combined Search engine?

This engine is useful when you wish to combine two search results. It is especially intended for initiated users. This tool is very useful when you need to refine your search. 

If you are searching for a manufacturer of metal sheets as well as metal plates, you will be able to combine your searches by saving each individual search result. You can save a search result by clicking on the "Save this result" button. We recommend you note the search number, it will be requested when you do the combined search.

Can I save a result on icriq.com?

You can save a search result by clicking on the "Save this result" button at the bottom of a result page. We recommend you note the search number. 

Combine your result with itself in the combined search engine. That is, type in your search result number at steps 1 and 3, and choose AND at step 2. 

Only the result of your search is saved; not the criteria used to obtain the result.

Please take note that your result is available for 72 hours.

How can I retrieve my saved search result?

Use the Combined search engine.

Enter your search result number at steps 1 and 3, and select "AND" at step 2. 

Only the result of your search is saved; not the criteria used to obtain the result.

Please take note that your result is available for 72 hours.

What is NAICS?

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is an industrial classification system that was elaborated by statistical organizations of Canada, Mexico and the United States of America. Created with the North American Free Trade Agreement as a background, the NAICS aims at providing standard definitions of the economical situation of the three countries and a common statistical context to facilitate the analysis of the three economies.

This system was created to give a coherent structure when collecting, analysing and broadcasting industrial statistics used by government political analysts, university students, researchers, business people and the general public.

The NAICS reflects the huge technological changes as well as the phenomenal speed encountered in the growth and diversity of services that have defined the last decades.

For more information, visit Statistics Canada website.

icriq.com uses the North American Industry Classification System to classify companies.

Previously, the Classification des activités économiques du Québec (CAEQ) was also used. 

The Classification des activités économiques du Québec (CAEQ) is a classification system that was conceived by the Bureau de la statistique du Québec which is now the Institut de la statistique du Québec (ISQ).

The last version used on icriq.com dated from 1984.

How are companies classified on icriq.com?

icriq.com uses the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) .

What company categories are registered on icriq.com?What company categories are registered on icriq.com?

Company categories listed on icriq.com are manufacturers, wholesale-distributors and service businesses that have a business address in Québec. They are defined as follows:

  • Manufacturer
    • has a place of business in Québec (factory)
    • has active production equipment
    • completes a major transformation operation on a product.
  • Wholesale-Distributor

Intermediary whose basic activity is to sell merchandise to retailers, to industrial, commercial, agricultural or professional companies, to other wholesalers or other large consumers. This includes:

  • Designer-Wholesaler
  • Commercial agent, manufacturing agent
  • Commerce broker
  • International commercial firm
  • Distribution agent, manufacturer's sale service (address in Québec)
  • Purchase groups
  • Exporter, importer
  • Retailer-wholesaler
  • Contractor-wholesaler (Ex. system installation)
  • Service companies

Companies that offer their paid services to industrial companies (and not directly to consumers).

With the exception of the following sectors :

  • Services mainly oriented towards consumers 
    Ex. : Travel agencies, veterinarians

  • Finance and insurance 
    Ex. : Financial institutions, insurance brokers

  • Real estate and construction 
    Ex. : Real estate brokers, construction contractors

  • Editors, producers and broadcasters of information and cultural material 
    Ex. : Book publishers, music composers

  • Associations and professional organizations 
    Ex. : Association québécoise du gaz naturel, Ordre des chimistes du Québec

  • Public services and public infrastructure operators 
    Ex. : Management of sewage treatment facilities

How can I register my company on icriq.com?

If you are a manufacturer, a wholesale-distributor or a service business and you are active in Québec, register by completing the appropriate form on the registration page accessible by the "Company registration" section in the top menu bar.

Is there a fee to register a company?

The registration is free of charge.

How is the company information collected and updated?

Each company profile is built using information entered on a form signed by a company representative and supported by adequate documentation of the company's activities (product catalogue, brochure, etc.). Each product is identified using appropriate terminology. This information is then codified, normalized and entered according to strict data entry norms and pre-established definitions.

The information is provided directly by the companies. Then, it is verified to correctly classify each registered company, therefore offering a greater reliability. Our team does not simply enter data. Our specialists go through many validation, treatment and classification steps that allow us to build the most reliable industrial business directory available. It is important to mention that the update form completed by the company must always be signed by the company representative.

The information benefits from a continual update. The companies are contacted once a year to validate their profile.

How do I update my company profile?

You can update your company's profile online by using the Modify my profile link at the bottom page of your profile or at Update Your Profile in the Menu of the home page. To do so you must have your "username" and "password" in hand. These access keys are sent to the person responsible for updating your company's profile. For more information, please write to us at information@icriq.com

Is there a fee to use icriq.com?

The search is entirely free and so is the viewing of 200 company profiles.

To get a company listing (.xls,  .csv, .txt or .pdf) in order to manipulate data (ex.: produce labels), see the List Purchasing section accessible from the menu bar.

Why can I no longer buy company listings online?

The online shopping service for company listings is temporarily unavailable. To purchase a listing, please contact us by phone at 1 888 594-7170, or by email at listes@icriq.com. Payment can be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard).

How do I get my company listed in the top 10 of a search result?

Advertise on icriq.com. To know more, write to us at pubinfo@icriq.com

Why do I get an message when I click on the name of a company?

Please contact our customer service at our toll free number 1 888 594-7170.

What is Municipal Amalgamations?

On July 13th 2006, icriq.com has proceeded to reflect the Municipal Amalgamations imposed by Bill 170.  We have also taken in to account the "reamalgamations" of January 2006.  For more information, see links below: