Trading Partner Portal: Canada
Geographically, Canada is the second largest country in the world, with a population of 35.5 million and a GDP of $1.8 trillion (World Bank). The United States and Canada enjoy the largest bilateral trade and investment relationship in the world. In 2015, two way trade in goods between Canada and the United States topped $575.2 billion. Exports to Canada were $280 billion, making it the largest export destination for the U.S. According to the most recent figures, U.S. companies invested approximately $368.1 billion into Canada and foreign direct investment from Canada into the U.S. was more than $261.2 billion.
Canada has remained California’s second largest export market since 2006, with a total value of over $16.9 billion in 2015 (10.2 percent of all California exports).
Computers and electronic products remained California’s largest exports, accounting for 31.8 percent of all California exports to Canada. Exports of agricultural products and food manufactures from California to Canada totaled $3.9 billion; with transportation equipment and chemicals continuing to be strong export sectors as well.
According to a September 2014 report by Visit California, nearly 1.6 million people visited California from Canada in 2013, spending nearly $2.2 billion. After Mexico, Canada sends more visitors to California than any other country by a wide margin.
According to the Canadian Privy Council in 2013, $2 billion worth of goods and services crosses the Canada-U.S. border daily, which is the equilavent of $1.4 million traded every minute. Two-way trade with Canada supports an estimated 1,121,300 jobs in California, according to an August 2012 study by the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
According to the study:
- Canada is the top export destination for 35 states
- 37,300 Californians are employed by Canadian-owned businesses
- More than 8 million U.S. jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada
- Canada is the United States’ largest and most secure supplier of energy: oil, natural gas, electricity and nuclear fuel
- 400,000 people cross the Canada–U.S. border daily
Growing Together Canada and Los Angeles County
LAEDC Kyser Center for Economic Research
Characteristics of travelers from Canada to California – 2012
Per the Canadian Consul General’s San Francisco office in Feb 2012 — At last count, there were almost 133,000 Canadians living in California – the most Canadian ex-pats in any state!
Human Resources: A Vital Driver of Canadian International Trade Capacity and Capability
2011 FITT (Forum for International Trade Training) Study
Border Improvement and Immigration Act
(December 19, 2013) Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President of the United States, Barack Obama, today welcomed the release of the second annual Beyond the Border Action Plan Implementation Report.
Over the past year, significant progress has been made across all areas of work under the Action Plan. Benefits are emerging for citizens, travelers and businesses in both countries as we work together on this joint approach to perimeter security and economic competitiveness.
We remain committed to continued transparency and accountability around the initiative. Over the coming year we will establish a process for more regular and extensive consultations and updates will continue to be made available through face-to-face engagement, press releases, newsletters and regular updates to the website.
The Report, today’s news release and additional backgrounders and information are available at www.actionplan.gc.ca/border.
In 2011, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the creation of a United States-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) and Beyond the Border (BTB) initiatives. In recognition of our $1 trillion annual trade and investment relationship, the RCC and BTB will foster formal cooperation between the U.S. and Canada to promote economic growth, job creation, perimeter security and other benefits to our consumers and businesses through increased regulatory transparency and coordination
The Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council is inviting stakeholders, Canadians and Americans alike, to contribute their views on how to reinforce, institutionalize, and expand efforts at regulatory cooperation between Canada and the U.S.
Since its inception, consultations with the public have been of paramount importance to the work of the RCC. An initial round of input was summarized in the August 2011 release of the RCC’s consultation summary report, entitled “What Canadians told us: A report on consultations on regulatory cooperation between Canada and the United States”. These findings helped guide the development of the RCC’s initial Joint Action Plan, which was released in December 2011.
Since the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) was created in February 2011, Canada and the United States have made significant progress toward reducing barriers to trade and moving goods across our shared border with fewer delays and less paperwork. The goal of the RCC is to better align Canadian and U.S. regulatory systems to benefit producers, manufacturers and consumers. Lack of alignment between regulations creates duplication of effort for manufacturers, which results in higher costs and delays in moving goods across the border.
See the U.S. Federal Register and www.regulations.gov (type keyword “Regulatory Cooperation Council” or Docket ID# OMB-2013-0004). These highlight a number of key areas where the RCC is seeking input until October 11, 2013
Beyond the Border October 2014 Newsletter
Canada-United States Beyond the Border Action Plan, November 4, 2014
Council Seeks Input on Boosting U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation
CalChamber Alert, September 27, 2013
The RCC is an initiative between the U.S. and Canadian governments to align a number of regulations to increase trade, decrease costs to businesses and improve choice for consumers.
Governor Brown Issues Statement on Province of Ontario’s Cap-and-Trade Announcement
(April 13, 2015) SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued the following statement after the province of Ontario announced that it intends to limit greenhouse gas pollution by establishing a cap-and-trade system:
“This is a bold move from the province of Ontario – and the challenge we face demands further action from other states and provinces around the world,” said Governor Brown. “There’s a human cost to the billions of tons of carbon spewing into our atmosphere and there must be a price on it.”
Governor Brown has signed accords with leaders from Mexico, China, Canada, Japan, Israel and Peru to fight climate change, strengthen California’s economic ties and expand cooperation on promising research. California and the province of Québec have worked together to fully harmonize their cap-and-trade programs and on January 1, 2014, the California Cap-and-Trade Program and Québec Cap-and-Trade System officially linked. In his January inaugural address, Governor Brown announced that within the next 15 years, California will increase from one-third to 50 percent our electricity derived from renewable sources; reduce today’s petroleum use in cars and trucks by up to 50 percent; and double the efficiency of existing buildings and make heating fuels cleaner. Governor’s Office, April 13, 2015
In a Sept 4, 2011 editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle, Canadian Consul General Cassie Doyle said:
“Canada has an enviable supply of hydropower, natural gas, oil, uranium and wind power, and our energy exports are largely flowing south. We’re the third-largest producer of hydroelectricity in the world, and almost all the electricity that the United States imports comes from Canada. Canada holds the third-largest reserves of oil after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela at 174 billion barrels. Some 80% of the world’s known oil reserves are state controlled or managed by national oil companies. However, Canada’s government does not run our oil sector. We are not members of OPEC. And of the 20% of the world’s oil supply that is openly accessible to market-based development, 60 percent comes from Canada’s oil sands.
Canada helps power the California economy. Canada supplied close to 7% of California’s crude-oil imports in 2010. California’s largest sources of foreign oil, however, are Saudi Arabia, Ecuador and Iraq. In 2010, Canada provided about 19% of California’s natural gas, with a value of $2.8 billion, and exported $110.4 million of electricity to California – all of which was produced in British Columbia. ”
On August 30, 2011, Consul General Cassie Doyle further discussed the Canada-U.S. energy partnership by participating as a panelist on the Commonwealth Club’s Climate One Speaker Series entitled, “Canada’s Oil Sands: Energy Security or Energy Disaster.”
Canada’s Consul General Speaks on Importance of New Oil Pipeline
(November 10, 2011) Canada’s Consul General in Northern California Cassie J. Doyle discussed the importance of a U.S.-Canadian energy partnership at a World Affairs Council of Northern California event co-sponsored by the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, the McGeorge International Law Society and the California Chamber of Commerce on November 8.
Canadian Pipeline to Texas on Hold Until 2013
The Washington Times, November 11, 2011
Keystone re-route will cost TransCanada
Toronto Star – Canada, November 15, 2011
California – Canada Trade Information
Embassy of Canada, April 2011
Quebec Key Projects
The first one, the Cap & Trade, is being developed closely with California (the CARB). The objective is to link the systems together in a regional North American carbon market. For more information please refer to www.westernclimateinitiative.org/news-and-updates/139-quebec-adopts-cap-and-trade-regulation
The other project is called the «Plan Nord» (North Plan) : « The Plan Nord is the project of a generation. It first offered a perspective of sustainable development in Québec and is now one of the biggest economic, social and environmental projects in our time. The Plan Nord will be carried out over a period of 25 years. It will lead to over $80 billion in investments during that time and create or consolidate, on average, 20 000 jobs a year, equivalent to 500 000 man-years. Northern Québec is fascinating because of its immense territory and the scale of its potential. Today, the context lends itself to its rediscovery.
For more information please visit www.plannord.gouv.qc.ca/
Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement
CalChamber’s Comments in Support of Canada
January 11, 2012
The CalChamber actively supported the creation of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) among the United States, Canada and Mexico, comprising 480 million people with combined annual U.S. trade in goods of over $1.1 trillion.
NAFTA and the Americas Trade
2007 Trade Mission
Canada Trip Touts Trade and Tourism
On May 29, 2007, California Chamber of Commerce President Allan Zaremberg, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, members of the press and a diverse business delegation departed today for a three-day trade mission to Canada to promote California products, services and tourist destinations.
“Canada is now the second largest customer for California’s exports, with a total dollar value of $14.2 billion in 2006. Two-way trade with Canada supports an estimated 832,000 jobs in California,” said Susanne Stirling, CalChamber vice president of international affairs. “With a population and economy larger than Canada, California is unquestionably a major market for Canadian manufactured goods, energy, forest and agri-food products and a wide range of services.”
Canada: Top U.S. Trade Partner Also No. 1 Market for California Services
(September 5, 2014) A fact-filled look at the many connections between Canada, the United States and California was the focus of a recent breakfast gathering hosted by the California Chamber of Commerce Council for International Trade.
Consul General Cassie Doyle, Canada’s senior representative for Northern California, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam, emphasized that bilateral trade between Canada and the United States is the largest in the world, with more than $2 billion in goods and services crossing the border each day for a total of $735 billion in 2013.
CalChamber Hosts Canadian Roundtable
International Roundtable Offers Update on Canada Beyond the Border Action Plan
(August 1, 2013) Caron Wilson, policy adviser with Canada’s Privy Council Office, shared details on the Beyond the Border Action Plan between the United States and Canada during an International Roundtable at the California Chamber of Commerce yesterday.
The United States and Canada enjoy the largest bilateral trade and investment relationship in the world ($1.2 trillion). Canada-U.S. bilateral trade in goods and services surpassed $742.8 billion in 2012, with $2 billion worth of goods and services crossing the Canada-U.S. border daily. This is the equivalent of $1.4 million traded every minute.
On December 7, 2011, after consulting with stakeholders, chambers of commerce, industry and interest groups, President Obama and Prime Minster Harper released the Beyond the Border Action Plan , which seeks to deepen the Canadian partnership with the United States and enhance mutual security, prosperity and economic competitiveness while respecting each country’s sovereignty and privacy regimes.
CalChamber Hosts Consulates General of Canada in California for Canada Day
(March 13, 2013) The California Chamber of Commerce hosted Consulates General of Canada, Consul General Cassie Doyle of San Francisco and Consul General David Fransen of Los Angeles, on March 13, for the 7th annual celebration of Canada Day at the State Capitol.
In addition, an interactive business panel discussion held at the CalChamber office explored why Canada matters to California’s future prosperity and economic growth. The panel moderator was Toni E. Symonds, chief consultant to the California State Assembly Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy Committee. Panelists included: Erin McGillis, Achievers; Graham Ray, DeepRoot Green Infrastructure, LLC;, and Jonathan Allen, Avison Young.
Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer at Capitol for Canada Day
(March 12, 2012) Allan Zaremberg, CalChamber president and CEO, reiterates support to Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer for Canada’s interest in joining the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. Ambassador Doer was in Sacramento Monday, March 12 for “Canada Day.” He stopped by the CalChamber offices to speak with Zaremberg about the Trans Pacific Partnership, energy issues and the California-Canada trade relationship.
CalChamber Hosts Meeting to Catalyze Canada-California Collaboration
(March 13, 2009) The California Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a meeting of the Canada-California Strategic Innovation Partnership (CCSIP), a catalyst for collaborative research, development and delivery between two innovation-intensive jurisdictions: California, one of the most dynamic innovation engines on earth; and Canada, a leading country in university research intensity.
Pictured (left to right) Front Row:
-Susanne Stirling, Vice President, International Affairs, CalChamber;
-Henri Rothschild, President and CEO, ISTPCanada;
-Yolanda Benson, Government Strategies Inc.
-Sonya Shorey, Communications Strategiest
-Kathleen Erwin, Director, Research Program Application & Review Center;
-Lou Witkin, HP Labs Open Innovation Office
-Thierry Weissenburger, Sr. Trade Commisioner, Canadian Consulate General;
Pictured (left to right) Back Row:
-Eric Holdrinet, Technology Officer, Canadian Consulate General;
-Barry Klein, Vice Chancellor, UC Davis; – John Hepburn, Vice President of Research, Univ. of British Colombia; -Steven Beckwith, Vice President of Research, UC; -Nigel Lloyd, Exec VP, Nat’l Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada; -Denis Therien, VP of research & international relations, McGill Univeristy; -Gretchen Kalonji, Director of Int’l Strategy, UC; -Dominic Jean, Secretary, CCSIP; -Marc LePage, Consul General, Canadian Consulate General, SF; -Roberto Peccei, Vice Chancellor for Research, UCLA.
CalChamber Hosts Canadian Ambassador
(December 13, 2007) The Honorable Michael Wilson, Canadian ambassador to the United States, highlights the prosperity California has gained through international trade with Canada at a December 13 International Luncheon Forum at the California Chamber of Commerce. Seated are Susan Corrales-Diaz, chair of the CalChamber Council for International Trade, and Marc LePage, consul general of Canada.
CalChamber Hosts New Canadian Consul General
(September 18, 2009) Trade, health care, water and energy issues were among the topics of discussion when the CalChamber hosted a meeting with the new consul general of Canada. Pictured: Stewart Beck (left), Consul General of Canada, Allan Zaremberg (right), CalChamber President and CEO
Key Country Contacts
- U.S. Commercial Service in Canada
- AmCham Canada
- Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development
- Invest in Canada
- Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters
- British Columbia – Trade and Invest
- Invest in Ontario
- Quebec Government Office
- Surrey Board of Trade (Chamber of Commerce)
- Canada and the US – Business
- Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council