GTA Store Database

What is the CSCA Greater Toronto Area Store Database?


A regional database that provides a comprehensive view of store locations within retail developments across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in a spatial format that can be used within a wide range of business applications, including:

  • Build sales forecasting models 
  • Populate trade areas with competitor store locations
  • Determine merchandise mix within a trade area or shopping centre


The GTA Database tracks:


More than 61,000 store locations currently operating across the Greater Toronto Area grouped by:

  • Shopping Centres (1,500+ ranging from major malls to corner plazas)
  • Retail Strips (300+ across the GTA)

An example of CSCA's GTA Retail Store database along a selection of Queen Street West.


Where is data sourced for the GTA Database?


Field validated data sources, primarily via in-person visits to retail developments and where applicable public domain information is used to further support the quality of the data.


When and in what formats is the data released?


The data is released on an Annual Basis – on January 31st each year.

Data Fields and File Formats

  • Store Point File: Company Name, Postal Address, Postal FSALDU, Postal Place Name, CSD2011 ID, CSD2011 Name, CMA2011 ID CMA2011 Name, NACIS2012 6 Digit Code, NACIS2012 6 Digit Description, NACIS2012 3 Digit Code, NACIS2012 3 Digit Description, Estimated Size, Estimated Size Source ID, Estimated Size Source Description, Shopping Centre ID, Shopping Centre Name, Strip ID, Strip Name, Update Date, Tenant ID, Store ID
  • Shopping Centre Polygons: Shopping Centre ID, Shopping Centre Name, Shopping Centre Type ID, Shopping Centre Type Description, Shopping Centre Format, Total Estimated Size,  Total Estimated Size Source ID, Total Estimated Size Source Description, Total Estimated Stores, Total Estimated Stores Source ID, Total Estimated Stores Source Description, Postal Address, Postal FSALDU, Postal Place Name, Intersection, CSD2011 ID, CSD2011 Name, CMA2011 ID, CMA2011 Name, Mall Website, Update Date
  • Retail Strip Polygons: Strip ID, Strip Name, Total Estimated Size, Total Estimated Size Source ID, Total Estimated Size Source Description, Total Estimated Stores, Total Estimated Stores Source ID, Total Estimated Stores Source Description, Postal Place Name, Intersection, CSD2011 ID, CSD2011 Name, CMA2011 ID, CMA2011 Name, Update Date
  • Location (Latitude & Longitude)
  • Download the complete GTA Store Database Dictionary
  • Data provided in GIS (MapInfo, ESRI ArcGIS) and Spreadsheet (Excel) Formats
  • Download a map of the regional municipalities that are covered within the GTA database
  • Download a sample of CSCA's GTA data

Comparative sector analysis of retail space within the GTA by shopping centre and commercial strip presence