State trade fact sheets - South California
- 755 Canadian-owned businesses employ 62,560 workers in California
- 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
- Jobs created by Canadian direct investment pay $14,000 above average regional wage
Southern California’s business-friendly climate is reflected in the diversity of Canadian companies operating in the state ranging from famous retailers like Aldo and lululemon athletica; to well-known financial entities John Hancock and City National Bank; to the world’s fastest-growing real estate services firm Avison Young; and the king of high-rises in downtown Los Angeles (DTLA), Brookfield Properties. Nearly 550 Canadian-owned businesses operating across Southern California employ over 50,000 Californians.
Canada is a top foreign direct investor and employer in So Cal. Our Consulate General’s location in the heart of DTLA’s financial district speaks volumes of just how much Canada values our trade and economic development partnership with Southern Californian private and public sector stakeholders. MAPLE Business Council is supported by the Government of Canada, World Trade Center-LA and the City of Long Beach, among other local stakeholders, in its promotion of cross-border investment, trade and entrepreneurship.
Innovating & Entertaining
As long as there has been a Hollywood, Canadians have played a major role in it. Top movie, TV, and music industry stars imported from Canada include: Seth Rogen, Rachel McAdams, Jim Carrey, James Cameron, Nia Vardalos, Sandra Oh, William Shatner, Drake, The Weeknd, Michael Bublé, and Neil Young. Stars are great, but what’s really crucial for Canada’s economic interest in the industry are the Canadian companies operating in Hollywood. Some of Canada’s biggest entertainment industry players wield major influence in Hollywood. eOne has evolved from distributing movies into theaters only in Canada to financing and producing films and TV with some of the biggest names in the business. IMAX is hugely important in the global film eco-system. Theater audiences are in decline, but IMAX is actually expanding globally.
Enabling a Clean Growth Future
In Southern California, Canadian companies are hard at work on projects protecting the environment and combatting climate change – because a clean environment and a strong economy go hand in hand. Québec’s H20 Innovation is world-renowned for its water and wastewater treatment systems. Its presence in So Cal is felt through the jobs created at its 12,000 square foot manufacturing and assembling plant in Vista as well as through its technology helping purify millions of gallons of wastewater each day at the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Van Nuys. AltaGas has a combined 1,124 megawatts of natural gas-fired power generation capacity in California. Its Pomona Energy Storage Facility is among the largest battery storage facilities in the world, providing enough electricity to power about 15,000 homes in Los Angeles County for four hours.
California exports $15.9 billion in goods to Canada annually
California exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 28%
- Chemicals: 6%
- Equipment & machinery: 39%
- Minerals & metals: 4%
- Plastics & rubbers: 3%
- Transportation: 11%
- Other: 9%
California imports $26.5 billion in goods from Canada annually
California imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 11%
- Chemicals: 3%
- Energy: 3%
- Equipment & machinery: 6%
- Forest products: 3%
- Minerals & metals: 5%
- Plastics & rubbers: 3%
- Transportation: 60%
- Other: 6%
Top California goods exports to Canada
- Fruits & nuts: $1.6 billion
- Telephones & AV recording equipment: $1.4 billion
- Computers: $1.3 billion
- Vegetables: $1.0 billion
- Automobiles: $1.0 billion
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $797 million
- Beverages & alcohol: $520 million
- Prepared vegetables: $360 million
- Televisions & parts: $321 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $306 million
Top California goods imports from Canada
- Automobiles: $15.5 billion
- Pearls, gems, precious metals & jewelry: $598 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $597 million
- Animal meats: $590 million
- Animal feed & food industry residues: $462 million
- Wood & semi-finished wood products: $454 million
- Pasta, breads & cereal preparations: $421 million
- Furniture & bedding: $347 million
- Fish & crustaceans: $307 million
- Electricity: $301 million
California exports $11.6 billion in services to Canada annually
Top California services exports to Canada
- Travel Services: $2.8 billion
- Business & Professional Services: $2.6 billion
- Royalties: $2.0 billion
- Tech Services: $1.7 billion
- Personal, Cultural & Recreational Services: $1.0 billion
For more information on Californiaâ€™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).
- Figures may not add up due to rounding.
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