State trade fact sheets - Washington
- 378 Canadian-owned businesses employ 21,345 workers in Washington
- 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
- Canadian company Waste Connections employs 15,000 Washingtonians
From Wastewater to Energy
SHARC Energy is a Vancouver-based Canadian clean energy company. Their systems utilize wastewater as an energy source to reduce energy costs, energy consumption, freshwater use, and CO<2 emissions. SHARC’s PIRANHA unit can offset domestic hot water energy needs as well as supplement air conditioning.
SHARC Energy brought its clean energy opportunity to Washington-based Coastline Equipment. Coastline Equipment’s fabricators, engineers, and assembly teams are working toward expanded production. Coastline Equipment anticipates adding 20-30 staff, as SHARC systems become a leader on the world stage of clean energy innovation.
SHARC Energy systems impact not only the climate, but also provide new job opportunities in the clean energy sector. Design, construction, commissioning/maintenance of thermal energy centers powered by the sewer and SHARC Energy systems will help Washington state reach their plans for a better future.
Canadian Company Expands Solar Energy in Washington
In 2018, Ontario company Silfab Solar acquired manufacturing assets in Bellingham, WA to better service its growing U.S. customer base that was previously served by Silfab’s Canadian operations. In early 2019, Silfab invested in upgrading the Bellingham facility within the existing footprint, and later expanded the facility to increase capacity. Since the acquisition, the number of employees has nearly doubled from the original staff of 88, and groundbreaking technology has been implemented. Silfab is now the largest manufacturer of crystalline solar PV modules in the Americas.
Investing in Washington
There are nearly 400 Canadian-owned companies operating in the state of Washington. These companies account for over 21,000 jobs throughout the state and contribute $1.3 billion in salaries. These Canadian companies and their employees are major contributors to Washington’s economy. The Canada–Washington trade and investment relationship supports good-paying jobs and contributes to regional economic prosperity.
Washington exports $6.3 billion in goods to Canada annually
Washington exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 21%
- Chemicals: 4%
- Energy: 9%
- Equipment & machinery: 21%
- Forest products: 10%
- Minerals & metals: 8%
- Plastics & rubbers: 4%
- Transportation: 14%
- Other: 9%
Washington imports $12.8 billion in goods from Canada annually
Washington imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 13%
- Chemicals: 3%
- Energy: 46%
- Equipment & machinery: 6%
- Forest products: 9%
- Minerals & metals: 6%
- Transportation: 4%
- Other: 13%
Top Washington goods exports to Canada
- Aircraft & parts: $458 million
- Fruits & nuts: $387 million
- Paper & paperboard: $335 million
- Fuel oil: $322 million
- Toys, games, sporting & recreation equipment: $315 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $223 million
- Fish & crustaceans: $181 million
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $176 million
- Wood & semi-finished wood products: $174 million
- Electricity: $174 million
Top Washington goods imports from Canada
- Crude petroleum: $3.1 billion
- Natural gas & other gases: $2.4 billion
- Softwood lumber: $568 million
- Wood & semi-finished wood products: $480 million
- Live animals: $380 million
- Animal or vegetable fats, oils & waxes: $297 million
- Aircraft & parts: $267 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $222 million
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $197 million
- Fuel oil: $156 million
Washington exports $2.0 billion in services to Canada annually
Top Washington services exports to Canada
- Royalties: $655 million
- Travel Services: $409 million
- Transportation Services: $376 million
- Business & Professional Services: $288 million
- Tech Services: $242 million
For more information on Washingtonâ€™s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Seattle.
- 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 Washington wage ($62,020, 3/2020 release).
- Figures may not add up due to rounding.
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