About Dominion 2017-05-04T11:59:15+00:00

Our Company Today

At Dominion Business Machines we are proud to offer excellence in every one of our core businesses: Sales, Rentals, and Service.  One of Toronto’s oldest companies, we have been fortunate to serve a wide range of Clients – Individuals,  Companies, and Institutions – many of whom have remained loyal customers for decades.  We specialize in personal, friendly service and a high degree of excellence, a combination which sets us apart from most competitors.

We have several times been voted ‘Best Office Equipment Company in Toronto’ by the Consumer’s Choice awards, and over our more than 100 years in business have received many other Citations & Awards. We have experience in a diverse group of products and projects, from the set up of small home offices to the support of multi seat networks.

We will be happy to provide these services to you or your company

We have experience in a diverse group of products and projects, from the set up of small home offices to the support of mmulti-seatNetworks.  We will be happy to have the opportunity to provide these services to  you or your company

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Our Company History

Dominion Business Machines is Canada’s oldest office equipment company.

Established in 1902 it has been owned and operated by the Sanderson family throughout the twentieth century and has handled a wide variety of information technology products.

Dominion Business Machines originated as Dominion Typewriter,  a business that arose from the initiative of Telegraph Operator  J.J. Seitz who lived in Buffalo, New York.

On a trip to New York City in the late eighteen nineties Seitz noticed recently introduced Underwood Manual Typewriters and brought what were surely the first of these machines into Canada, to Toronto, about 1898.

He started The Underwood Typewriter Company of Canada, selling machines that were hailed as amazing labour saving devices in much the same way as the Personal Computer  was presented about eighty years later.

Seitz hired Charles Sanderson to sell and service these new machines, and sold him       the repair department of the fledgling Underwood organization, a separate company franchised to handle other manufacturers. Established in 1902, this company was called The Dominion Typewriter Exchange.

Located in the heart of Toronto’s business district at 45 Adelaide Street East it was moved in the nineteen thirties to a nearby building on Victoria Street, then back to its original location in the 1940’s.

In the 1950’s the company was moved by W.D. Sanderson, a son of J.C. Sanderson, to 100 Adelaide Street East, in 1958.

In the years that followed the company was a sales leader for manufacturers such as Olympia, Olivetti, Remington, Smith Corona, Sharp, and of course, IBM.

It received national awards and accreditations and became one of Toronto’s best known business equipment suppliers, providing machines and service to companies,  institutions and individuals.

As office equipment has changed throughout the Twentieth Century, Dominion Business Machines  changed too, helping to  introduce  a wide variety of machines to Canadians, including:

  • Manual Typewriters
  • Adding Machines
  • Comptometers
  • Electric Typewriters
  • Electronic Calculators
  • Electronic Typewriters
  • Fax Machines
  • Desktop Copiers
  • Personal Computers
  • Printers
  • Portable Computers
  • Laptop Computers
  • Tablets
  • 3-D Printers
  • and other information technologies.

In 1980 the company began selling personal computers. These systems, from manufacturers such as             Commodore and Sanyo followed the design of the IBM PC and PC Junior. Typical specifications were 4 or 8 Kilobytes of RAM, a single sided 360 Kilobyte 5 1/4″ floppy drive, keyboard, Microsoft DOS (Disk Operating System) and Wordstar software.

Today  Dominion Business Machines is proud to continue serving businesses in the GTA,  at the same telephone number  you could reach us in 1902 –  EMpire (36) 4-2978 .

Our Clients

During more than 100 years in business we have been priviledged to serve a wide variety of Clients including major Corporations and Institutions in Toronto, and notable visitors to the city:

  • George H.W. Bush
  • William J. Clinton
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Donald Trump
  • Henry Kissinger
  • The King and Queen of Sweden
  • The Princess of Japan
  • Toronto Blue Jays
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Toronto Raptors
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centres
  • St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Toronto District School Board
  • Women’s College Hospital
  • The University of Toronto
  • York University
  • The Anglican Diocese of Canada
  • Durham Children’s Aid
  • The United Church of Canada
  • The Archdiocese of Toronto
  • The Bank of Nova Scotia
  • CIBC / CIBC Insurance
  • Toronto Dominion Bank/National Trust
  • Monex Insurance
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Chum/City Television
  • Global Television
  • Bell Globemedia
  • Torstar Corporation
  • The City of Toronto
  • Elections Canada
  • Ontario Medical Association
  • The Canadian Armed Forces
  • The Salvation Army in Canada
  • Canadian National Railways
  • The Toronto Stock Exchange

We have also provided equipment  to notable Authors, Artists, & Musicians including:

  • Sean Connery
  • Hunter S. Thompson
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Mordecai Richler
  • Morley Callaghan
  • Gordon Lightfoot
  • Gordon Sinclair
  • Pierre Berton