State trade fact sheets - Massachusetts
- 247 Canadian-owned businesses employ 31,425 workers in Massachusetts
- 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 sells more to Massachusetts than it sells to the UK
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Canadian-Owned Companies Support Massachusetts Jobs
In 2020, 247 Canadian-owned companies operated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. These companies account for over 31,000 jobs in Massachusetts, contributing $2.1 billion in salary dollars annually. Canadian-owned companies, including John Hancock, SunLife, TD Bank and MFS are clearly major contributors to Massachusetts’ economy employing MA residents in every sector of the economy, paying taxes locally and contributing to the local economy through these salary dollars.
Massachusetts exports $2.7 billion in goods to Canada annually
Massachusetts exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 9%
- Chemicals: 11%
- Equipment & machinery: 36%
- Forest products: 6%
- Minerals & metals: 17%
- Plastics & rubbers: 9%
- Transportation: 8%
- Other: 4%
Massachusetts imports $7.8 billion in goods from Canada annually
Massachusetts imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 25%
- Energy: 23%
- Equipment & machinery: 8%
- Forest products: 10%
- Minerals & metals: 19%
- Plastics & rubbers: 3%
- Transportation: 3%
- Other: 9%
Top Massachusetts goods exports to Canada
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $375 million
- Pearls, gems, precious metals & jewelry: $329 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $223 million
- Aircraft & parts: $177 million
- Computers: $161 million
- Paper & paperboard: $130 million
- Pharmaceutical products: $104 million
- Fish & crustaceans: $95 million
- Telephones & AV recording equipment: $70 million
- Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $41 million
Top Massachusetts goods imports from Canada
- Fuel oil: $1.4 billion
- Fish & crustaceans: $1.2 billion
- Pearls, gems, precious metals & jewelry: $1.0 billion
- Natural gas & other gases: $334 million
- Paper & paperboard: $302 million
- Softwood lumber: $270 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $257 million
- Meat, fish & seafood preparations: $243 million
- Wood & semi-finished wood products: $211 million
- Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $187 million
Massachusetts exports $2.3 billion in services to Canada annually
Top Massachusetts services exports to Canada
- Travel Services: $551 million
- Business & Professional Services: $549 million
- Financial Services: $428 million
- Royalties: $389 million
- Tech Services: $272 million
For more information on Massachusettsâ€™ trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Boston.
- 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 Massachusetts wage ($65,680, 3/2020 release).
- Figures may not add up due to rounding.
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