State trade fact sheets - Nevada
- 162 Canadian-owned businesses employ 12,510 workers in Nevada
- Canada is the #1 customer for most states
- 76% of Canadian exports to the U.S. are raw materials, parts, and components used to create other goods in the United States
- Canada is Nevada’s top agriculture and agri-food market
More than 160 Canadian-owned businesses – from leading retail brands like Coldstone Creamery, Circle K, and lululemon athletica to professional service providers like TELUS International and Mitel — operating across the Silver State employ 12,500 Nevadans. Canada is not only the largest employer and foreign direct investor in Nevada but also engages in $2.3 billion worth of bilateral trade annually. Canada continues to be the #1 source of international tourists, with 1.7 million Canadian Snowbirds flocking to Nevada each year and contributing over $1 billion to the local economy. Canadian carriers such as Air Canada and WestJet help bring Canadians to town, and thanks to the weather, affordable housing, and growing economy, many stay on as seasonal or full-time residents.
Bet on Canada
From icons like Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, Drake, Shania Twain, and Celine Dion drawing in crowds on The Strip to the hockey stars who make the Stanley Cup-winning Vegas Golden Knights one of the NHL’s top teams, Canadians are an intrinsic part of Nevada’s vibrant entertainment industry. Sin City cemented its love for its Canadian residents and visitors in 2019 with October being declared Canadian Appreciation Month. Cirque du Soleil has some of the most sought after shows on the strip and employs 1,200 Nevadans between these productions and its affiliate companies, Blue Man Group, VStar Entertainment Group and The Works Entertainment. In addition, Pyrotek Special Effects provides special effects to hotels, nightclubs, sporting events, award shows, corporate functions and touring concerts. Before embarking on a night on the town to check out a show or press their luck at the gambling tables, visitors and residents of Vegas can meet all their shopping needs at Fashion Show Las Vegas, Grand Canal Shoppes or Meadows Mall — all developed and managed by Canadian Brookfield Properties.
Securing a Sustainable Future
There are dozens of Canadian mining operations in Nevada that collectively employ over 7,000 Nevadans and continue to create new jobs. Barrick Gold has operated in the Silver State for over 30 years and has become a leader in mitigating potential impacts of mining on the environment. Clean growth innovation by Canadians in the Silver State also spills over into tech solutions in water and energy conservation for Nevada’s public and private utility providers. The Southern Nevada Water Authority’s (SNWA) “The Springs” facility was established with support from the RBC Blue Water Project and features acoustic signal technology by Echologics that detects leaks when they first form. Atkins North America, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, was awarded two major contracts in the Las Vegas area, one to redevelop area around the Raiders’ Stadium and another to provide professional engineering services treating wastewater in the Lake Mead watershed.
Nevada exports $1.5 billion in goods to Canada annually
Nevada exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 4%
- Chemicals: 6%
- Equipment & machinery: 32%
- Minerals & metals: 41%
- Plastics & rubbers: 4%
- Transportation: 3%
- Other: 10%
Nevada imports $1.4 billion in goods from Canada annually
Nevada imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 7%
- Chemicals: 7%
- Energy: 10%
- Equipment & machinery: 17%
- Forest products: 11%
- Minerals & metals: 23%
- Plastics & rubbers: 11%
- Transportation: 4%
- Other: 10%
Top Nevada goods exports to Canada
- Pearls, gems, precious metals & jewelry: $318 million
- Ores, slag & ash: $237 million
- Toys, games, sporting & recreation equipment: $80 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $55 million
- Telephones & AV recording equipment: $39 million
- Paints, pigments, varnishes, dyestuffs & inks: $33 million
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $28 million
- Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $23 million
- Pasta, breads & cereal preparations: $21 million
- Heating, cooling & refrigeration equipment: $19 million
Top Nevada goods imports from Canada
- Pearls, gems, precious metals & jewelry: $267 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $137 million
- Electricity: $100 million
- Furniture & bedding: $62 million
- Softwood lumber: $59 million
- Wood & semi-finished wood products: $44 million
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $40 million
- Natural gas & other gases: $33 million
- Paper & paperboard: $33 million
- Inorganic chemicals: $33 million
Nevada exports $442 million in services to Canada annually
Top Nevada services exports to Canada
- Travel (including for eduction): $192 million
- Business services: $103 million
- Financial services: $52 million
- Charges for the use of intellectual property: $37 million
- Telecommunications, compuer & information services: $22 million
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For more information on Nevada’s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Los Angeles.
- Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are based on 2021 data in U.S. dollars.
- U.S. Census Bureau: goods trade, Canada’s export ranking (2/2022 release).
- The Trade Partnership: 2019 services exports (estimated, 11/2021 release).
- Dun + Bradstreet: Canadian-owned businesses (3/2022 release).
- Figures may not add up due to rounding.
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