State trade fact sheets - Michigan
- 394 Canadian-owned businesses employ 30,344 workers in Michigan
- 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
- Michigan sells more goods to Canada than to its next seven largest foreign markets combined
Canadian Auto Supplier Magna Creates Jobs in Michigan
Ontario-based Magna International is investing $35.4 million to expand its seat manufacturing facility in Highland Park, MI. The investment will create 480 jobs for Michigan workers in a range of positions including manufacturing, engineering and human resources. Nearly 300 of the new jobs will be entry-level positions, bringing new opportunities to area residents and offering a path to higher-wage jobs. The Highland Park site will be expanded by approximately 5,000 square feet and the project includes remodeling the current space, adding new automated storage and retrieval shipping systems, and redesigning all assembly lines throughout the facility.
This investment is just a part of Magna’s total footprint Michigan; Magna has 35 facilities in Michigan and employs nearly 10,000 Michiganders.
Gordie Howe International Bridge Construction Continues
Anticipated to be completed in 2024, the largest infrastructure project on the Canada–U.S. border will offer a new transportation choice between Detroit and Windsor and will create a direct highway-to-highway connection between I-75 and Canada’s Highway 401. The impressive new gateway will feature the longest cable-stayed bridge in North America. Ports of entry on each side of the bridge will allow for improved border processing and will be among the largest ports of entry along the Canada–U.S. border. For more information, please visit: www.gordiehoweinternationalbridge.com.
Lion Electric Co. Brings Electric School Buses to Michigan
In September 2019, the Lion Electric Co. announced its participation in the Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation Electric School Bus Pilot Project, sending eleven electric-powered school buses to Michigan public school districts. Lion Electric, based in Quebec, participated in the launch of this project with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The project includes 17 buses altogether, which will go to seven different Michigan districts to replace older, diesel-powered school buses. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy is supporting this project as part of the Fuel Transformation Program and hopes that this pilot project is the start of a cleaner transportation strategy for the state.
Michigan exports $17.3 billion in goods to Canada annually
Michigan exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 5%
- Chemicals: 3%
- Energy: 6%
- Equipment & machinery: 20%
- Minerals & metals: 10%
- Plastics & rubbers: 3%
- Transportation: 48%
- Other: 5%
Michigan imports $33.3 billion in goods from Canada annually
Michigan imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 3%
- Energy: 7%
- Equipment & machinery: 12%
- Forest products: 3%
- Minerals & metals: 8%
- Plastics & rubbers: 3%
- Transportation: 52%
- Other: 12%
Top Michigan goods exports to Canada
- Trucks: $3.9 billion
- Motor vehicle parts: $2.7 billion
- Automobiles: $1.4 billion
- Engines & turbines: $1.1 billion
- Natural gas & other gases: $591 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $525 million
- Ores, slag & ash: $498 million
- Iron & steel alloys & semi-finished products: $470 million
- Furniture & bedding: $356 million
- Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $285 million
Top Michigan goods imports from Canada
- Automobiles: $13.2 billion
- Motor vehicle parts: $3.8 billion
- Engines & turbines: $1.7 billion
- Crude petroleum: $1.6 billion
- Iron & steel alloys & semi-finished products: $835 million
- Aluminum & aluminum articles: $696 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $683 million
- Furniture & bedding: $420 million
- Natural gas & other gases: $372 million
- Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $358 million
Michigan exports $2.3 billion in services to Canada annually
Top Michigan services exports to Canada
- Transportation Services: $1.3 billion
- Business & Professional Services: $367 million
- Travel Services: $325 million
- Royalties: $130 million
- Tech Services: $68 million
For more information on Michiganâ€™s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Detroit.
- 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).
- Figures may not add up due to rounding.
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