State trade fact sheets - Utah
- 107 Canadian-owned businesses employ 4,093 workers in Utah
- 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 sells more to Utah than it sells to Italy
Smart Tech for Smarter Health
Recursion Pharma is a Salt Lake City-based biotech research company that uses advanced technology to improve health and lives. The company recently made the decision to take advantage of Canada’s highly educated and talented workforce in artificial intelligence (AI), expanding operations into Canada by hiring more than 50 workers within the greater Toronto region—one of the most sophisticated technology hubs in North America. Recursion has also opened a new office space in downtown Montreal to employ 15 workers as part of a multi-year collaboration with Mila–Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute, to accelerate Recursion’s AI capabilities and build a team focused on using machine learning for tech-enabled drug discovery.
Take the Scenic Route
Famous for romantic routes that wind across Western Canada’s breathtaking landscapes, the Rocky Mountaineer train has found its first stop in America. The luxury operator pampers passengers with views enjoyed from glass-domed cars and outdoor platforms, first-class interior service and high-end dining menus prepared with regionally-sourced ingredients. The Mountaineer’s route treats customers to views that are often only accessible via rail, with its first route in the United States stretching across the picturesque U.S. Mountain West Region to connect Denver, Colorado to Moab, Utah. Beyond the comfort of the train itself, guests stop at local communities along the way, stretching their legs and enjoying a peaceful night’s rest in a (stationary) hotel.
A Deeper Dive into Trade
A microcosm of the broader United States–Canada relationship, Canada and Utah “build things together” thanks to a dynamic trading relationship in metals, luxury items and infrastructure products. Canadian firms with operations in Utah — such as Rocky Mountain Fabrication (300 employees) and construction firm Stantec (65 employees) — rely upon this reciprocal trade to stimulate local growth and keep the Utah economy strong.
Utah exports $1.5 billion in goods to Canada annually
Utah exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 7%
- Apparel & textiles: 3%
- Chemicals: 18%
- Equipment & machinery: 21%
- Minerals & metals: 20%
- Plastics & rubbers: 5%
- Transportation: 14%
- Other: 12%
Utah imports $2.8 billion in goods from Canada annually
Utah imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 15%
- Chemicals: 6%
- Energy: 4%
- Equipment & machinery: 10%
- Forest products: 17%
- Minerals & metals: 7%
- Plastics & rubbers: 5%
- Transportation: 7%
- Other: 29%
Top Utah goods exports to Canada
- Pearls, gems, precious metals & jewelry: $88 million
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $86 million
- Motor vehicle parts: $85 million
- Perfumes, essential oils & toiletries: $79 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $72 million
- Explosives & pyrotechnics: $66 million
- Aircraft & parts: $63 million
- Furniture & bedding: $61 million
- Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $55 million
- Iron & steel alloys & semi-finished products: $50 million
Top Utah goods imports from Canada
- Wood & semi-finished wood products: $320 million
- Live animals: $189 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $124 million
- Aircraft & parts: $122 million
- Softwood lumber: $100 million
- Organic chemicals: $97 million
- Aluminum & aluminum articles: $80 million
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $55 million
- Pasta, breads & cereal preparations: $47 million
- Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $44 million
Utah exports $462 million in services to Canada annually
Top Utah services exports to Canada
- Financial services: $142 million
- Charges for the use of intellectual property: $119 million
- Business services: $104 million
- Travel (including for eduction): $42 million
- Telecommunications, compuer & information services: $25 million
For more information on Utah’s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Denver.
- 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).
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: median annual Utah wage ($51,430, 3/2020 release).
- Figures may not add up due to rounding.
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