State trade fact sheets - Arizona
- 222 Canadian-owned businesses employ 17,912 workers in Arizona
- Canada is the #1 customer for most states
- Over 76% of U.S. imports from Canada are goods that are used in the production of other goods
- Canada is the largest foreign direct investor and foreign employer in Arizona
Canadian-owned businesses operating across the Grand Canyon State employ nearly 18,000 Arizonans. Canada is not only the largest foreign direct investor and employer in Arizona, but also engages in $4.1 billion worth of trade annually. A wide range of Canadian companies have set up shop across Arizona due to its business-friendly climate. Well-known retailers like lululemon atheletica and Aldo; professional personalized services providers like Stantec and Rescare; and telecommunication sector leaders like Mitel and Inter Tel Technologies all originally hail from Canada.
Canada and the U.S.: There for Each Other
In 2020, Canada and the U.S. again worked together as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold across the world. Canada and the U.S. preserved supply chains across the border, deeming trucking essential. Canada and the U.S. traded important inputs for the production of personal protective equipment and medical equipment, maintaining a thriving bilateral trade in finished goods. Soon after the outbreak, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research began awarding grants to joint research projects proposed by Canadian and U.S. institutions to try and find an end to the virus.
No matter our shared challenges and as we have done in times of crisis, Canada and the U.S. will continue to support one another as friends, partners and allies.
Canada–Arizona in Flight
With in-state operations dating back to 1976, Bombardier employs over 850 Arizonans across four sites in Tucson and Phoenix. Its Tucson facility is the largest of Bombardier’s aircraft service centers worldwide. The company works closely with Pima Community College’s Aviation Technology program to recruit FAA certified mechanics as well as aviation structural graduates. Bombardier also built the automated people mover system at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. A renowned aviation training provider, CAE’s Phoenix facility is equipped with over 60 aircraft and delivers simulator-based training to support the pilot training needs of global airlines and operators operating out of Sky Harbor International Airport. Magellan Aerospace, a Glendale-based manufacturer of aerospace systems and components, is another top Canadian-owned employer of Arizonans. Magellan supplies components for major business and commuter aircraft including Airbus A380, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Arizona exports $1.9 billion in goods to Canada annually
Arizona exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 26%
- Equipment & machinery: 45%
- Minerals & metals: 6%
- Transportation: 16%
- Other: 7%
Arizona imports $2.2 billion in goods from Canada annually
Arizona imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 7%
- Equipment & machinery: 21%
- Forest products: 12%
- Minerals & metals: 4%
- Plastics & rubbers: 4%
- Transportation: 18%
- Other: 34%
Top Arizona goods exports to Canada
- Vegetables: $349 million
- Aircraft & parts: $149 million
- Engines & turbines: $118 million
- Fruits & nuts: $102 million
- Trucks: $95 million
- Telephones & AV recording equipment: $87 million
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $72 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $33 million
- Computers: $29 million
- Electric motors & generators: $27 million
Top Arizona goods imports from Canada
- Aircraft & parts: $309 million
- Softwood lumber: $203 million
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $90 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $80 million
- Furniture & bedding: $52 million
- Pasta, breads & cereal preparations: $44 million
- Heating, cooling & refrigeration equipment: $40 million
- Electricity: $37 million
- Wood & semi-finished wood products: $34 million
- Telephones & AV recording equipment: $32 million
Arizona exports $1.1 billion in services to Canada annually
Top Arizona services exports to Canada
- Travel Services: $395 million
- Business & Professional Services: $198 million
- Financial Services: $142 million
- Transportation Services: $125 million
- Tech Services: $96 million
For more information on Arizonaâ€™s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Los Angeles.
- Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are based on 2020 data in U.S. dollars.
- U.S. Census Bureau: goods trade, Canadaâ€™s export ranking (2/2021 release).
- The Trade Partnership: 2019 services exports (estimated, 2/2021 release).
- Dun + Bradstreet: Canadian-owned businesses (3/2021 release).
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: median annual Arizona wage ($50,930, 3/2020 release).
- Figures may not add up due to rounding.
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