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Leading California Export Countries
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce 

 Trade Overview

The United States and Canada enjoy the largest bilateral trade and investment relationship in the world. In 2013, two way trade between Canada and the United States topped $632.3 billion.  Exports to Canada were approximately $300.3 billion, making it the largest export destination for the U.S.  According to the most recent figures, U.S. companies invested approximately $351.5 billion into Canada and Foreign direct investment from Canada into the U.S. was more than $225.3 billion.

Canada has remained California's second largest export market since 2006, with a total value of over $18.8 billion in 2013 (11 percent of all California exports).

Computers and electronic products remained California’s largest exports, accounting for nearly 30 percent of all California exports to Canada. Exports of agricultural products and food manufactures from California to Canada grew to total almost $3.9 billion; with transportation equipment and chemicals continuing to be strong export sectors as well.

According to a September 2014 report by Visit California, nearly 1.6 million people visited California from Canada in 2013, spending nearly $2.2 billion. After Mexico, Canada sends more visitors to California than any other country by a wide margin. 

According to the Canadian Privy Council in 2013, $2 billion worth of goods and services crosses the Canada-U.S. border daily, which is the equilavent of $1.4 million traded every minute. Two-way trade with Canada supports an estimated 1,121,300 jobs in California, according to an August 2012 study by the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

According to the study:

  • Canada is the top export destination for 35 states
  • 37,300 Californians are employed by Canadian-owned businesses
  • More than 8 million U.S. jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada
  • Canada is the United States’ largest and most secure supplier of energy: oil, natural gas, electricity and nuclear fuel
  • 400,000 people cross the Canada–U.S. border daily

California-Canadian Trade Information
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U.S. Census Bureau Trade in Goods - Canada
WTO Trade Statistics - Canada

Growing Together Canada and Los Angeles County
LAEDC Kyser Center for Economic Research

Characteristics of travellers from Canada to California - 2012​
Visit California

Per the Canadian Consul General’s San Franciso office in Feb 2012 -At last count, there were almost 133,000 Canadians living in California – the most Canadian ex-pats in any state!

Human Resources: A Vital Driver of Canadian International Trade Capacity and Capability
2011 FITT (Forum for International Trade Training) Study

March 2007 study by the Bay Area Economic Forum (BAEF)​

 

 ​Border Improvement and Immigration Act

(December 19, 2013) Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President of the United States, Barack Obama, today welcomed the release of the second annual Beyond the Border Action Plan Implementation Report.  

Over the past year, significant progress has been made across all areas of work under the Action Plan.  Benefits are emerging for citizens, travellers and businesses in both countries as we work together on this joint approach to perimeter security and economic competitiveness.   

We remain committed to continued transparency and accountability around the initiative. Over the coming year we will establish a process for more regular and extensive consultations and updates will continue to be made available through face-to-face engagement, press releases, newsletters and regular updates to the website. 

The Report, today’s news release and additional backgrounders and information are available at www.actionplan.gc.ca/border​.

In 2011, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the creation of a United States-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) and Beyond the Border (BTB) initiatives.  In recognition of our $1 trillion annual trade and investment relationship, the RCC and BTB will foster formal cooperation between the U.S. and Canada to promote economic growth, job creation, perimeter security and other benefits to our consumers and businesses through increased regulatory transparency and coordination​

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Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council: Request for Input​

The Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council is inviting stakeholders, Canadians and Americans alike, to contribute their views on how to reinforce, institutionalize, and expand efforts at regulatory cooperation between Canada and the U.S. 

Since its inception, consultations with the public have been of paramount importance to the work of the RCC. An initial round of input was summarized in the August 2011 release of the RCC’s consultation summary report, entitled “What Canadians told us: A report on consultations on regulatory cooperation between Canada and the United States”. These findings helped guide the development of the RCC’s initial Joint Action Plan, which was released in December 2011. 

Since the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) was created in February 2011, Canada and the United States have made significant progress toward reducing barriers to trade and moving goods across our shared border with fewer delays and less paperwork. The goal of the RCC is to better align Canadian and U.S. regulatory systems to benefit producers, manufacturers and consumers. Lack of alignment between regulations creates duplication of effort for manufacturers, which results in higher costs and delays in moving goods across the border.

See the U.S. Federal Register and www.regulations.gov (type keyword “Regulatory Cooperation Council” or Docket ID# OMB-2013-0004).  These highlight a number of key areas where the RCC is seeking input until October 11, 2013 

Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council

Beyond the Border October 2014 Newsletter 
Canada-United States Beyond the Border Action Plan, November 4, 2014

United States and Canada Release Regulatory Cooperation Council Joint Forward Plan
August 29, 2014

Council Seeks Input on Boosting U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation
CalChamber Alert, September 27, 2013

The RCC is an initiative between the U.S. and Canadian governments to align a number of regulations to increase trade, decrease costs to businesses and improve choice for consumers.​
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Energy

In a Sept 4, 2011 editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle, Canadian Consul General Cassie Doyle said

"Canada has an enviable supply of hydropower, natural gas, oil, uranium and wind power, and our energy exports are largely flowing south. We're the third-largest producer of hydroelectricity in the world, and almost all the electricity that the United States imports comes from Canada. Canada holds the third-largest reserves of oil after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela at 174 billion barrels. Some 80% of the world's known oil reserves are state controlled or managed by national oil companies. However, Canada's government does not run our oil sector. We are not members of OPEC. And of the 20% of the world's oil supply that is openly accessible to market-based development, 60 percent comes from Canada's oil sands.

Canada helps power the California economy. Canada supplied close to 7% of California's crude-oil imports in 2010. California's largest sources of foreign oil, however, are Saudi Arabia, Ecuador and Iraq. In 2010, Canada provided about 19% of California's natural gas, with a value of $2.8 billion, and exported $110.4 million of electricity to California - all of which was produced in British Columbia. "

On August 30, 2011, Consul General Cassie Doyle further discussed the Canada-U.S. energy partnership by participating as a panelist on the Commonwealth Club’s Climate One Speaker Series entitled, “Canada’s Oil Sands: Energy Security or Energy Disaster”.

Canada's Consul General Speaks on Importance of New Oil Pipeline

(November 10, 2011) Canada’s Consul General in Northern California Cassie J. Doyle discussed the importance of a U.S.-Canadian energy partnership at a World Affairs Council of Northern California event co-sponsored by the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, the McGeorge International Law Society and the California Chamber of Commerce on November 8.

Canadian Pipeline to Texas on Hold Until 2013
The Washington Times, November 11, 2011

Keystone re-route will cost TransCanada
Toronto Star – Canada, November 15, 2011

California - Canada Trade Information
Embassy of Canada, April 2011 

Gov. Schwarzenegger Joins Pacific Coast Collaborative Members to Sign MOU Furthering Agreement
February 12, 2010


Quebec Key Projects

The first one, the Cap & Trade, is being developed closely with California (the CARB).  The objective is to link the systems together in a regional North American carbon market.  For more information please refer to www.westernclimateinitiative.org/news-and-updates/139-quebec-adopts-cap-and-trade-regulation
 
The other project is called  the «Plan Nord» (North Plan) : « The Plan Nord is the project of a generation. It first offered a perspective of sustainable development in Québec and is now one of the biggest economic, social and environmental projects in our time.  The Plan Nord will be carried out over a period of 25 years. It will lead to over $80 billion in investments during that time and create or consolidate, on average, 20 000 jobs a year, equivalent to 500 000 man-years. Northern Québec is fascinating because of its immense territory and the scale of its potential. Today, the context lends itself to its rediscovery. ». 
For more information please visit www.plannord.gouv.qc.ca/english/messages/index.asp

Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement

USTR requested comments re: Canada's Participation in Proposed TPP Trade Agreement  - CalChamber Comments
August 9, 2012

U.S. Trade Representative Kirk Welcomes Canada as a New Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiating Partner
June 19, 2012

Camp, Brady Statements on Invitation for Canada to Join the Trans-Pacific Partnership
June 19, 2012

U.S. Chamber Applauds Canada's Entry intoTrans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations
June 19, 2012

 
 

NAFTA

The CalChamber actively supported the creation of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) among the United States, Canada and Mexico, comprising 470 million people with combined annual exports of over $700 billion. NAFTA and the Americas Trade

Recent Events

Canada: Top U.S. Trade Partner Also No. 1 Market for California Services

DoyleCassie_alert9-12-14.jpg ​(September 5, 2014) A fact-filled look at the many connections between Canada, the United States and California was the focus of a recent breakfast gathering hosted by the California Chamber of Commerce Council for International Trade.

Consul General Cassie Doyle, Canada’s senior representative for Northern California, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam, emphasized that bilateral trade between Canada and the United States is the largest in the world, with more than $2 billion in goods and services crossing the border each day for a total of $735 billion in 2013.

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CalChamber Hosts Canadian Roundtable​

From left: Diana Zandberg, consul, Consulate General of Canada; Michele Tomlinson-Wells, senior advisor, Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development; Caron Wilson, policy adviser, Canada Privy Council Office; CalChamber Board member Rick Fowler, president and CEO, The Community College Foundation; and Susanne Stirling, CalChamber vice president, international affairs.

International Roundtable Offers Update on Canada Beyond the Border Action Plan
(August 1, 2013) Caron Wilson, policy adviser with Canada’s Privy Council Office, shared details on the Beyond the Border Action Plan between the United States and Canada during an International Roundtable at the California Chamber of Commerce yesterday.

 The United States and Canada enjoy the largest bilateral trade and investment relationship in the world ($1.2 trillion). Canada-U.S. bilateral trade in goods and services surpassed $742.8 billion in 2012, with $2 billion worth of goods and services crossing the Canada-U.S. border daily. This is the equivalent of $1.4 million traded every minute.

On December 7, 2011, after consulting with stakeholders, chambers of commerce, industry and interest groups, President Obama and Prime Minster Harper released the Beyond the Border Action Plan​​, which seeks to deepen the Canadian partnership with the United States and enhance mutual security, prosperity and economic competitiveness while respecting each country’s sovereignty and privacy regimes.​


CalChamber Hosts Consulates General of Canada in California for Canada Day

(March 13, 2013) The California Chamber of Commerce hosted Consulates General of Canada, Consul General Cassie Doyle of San Francisco and Consul General David Fransen of Los Angeles, on March 13, for the 7th annual celebration of Canada Day at the State Capitol.

In addition, an interactive business panel discussion held at the CalChamber office explored why Canada matters to California's future prosperity and economic growth. The panel moderator was Toni E. Symonds, chief consultant to the California State Assembly Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy Committee. Panelists included: Erin McGillis, Achievers; Graham Ray, DeepRoot Green Infrastructure, LLC;, and Jonathan Allen, Avison Young.

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Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer at Capitol for Canada Day


(March 12, 2012) Allan Zaremberg, CalChamber president and CEO, reiterates support to Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer for Canada’s interest in joining the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. Ambassador Doer was in Sacramento Monday, March 12 for “Canada Day.” He stopped by the CalChamber offices to speak with Zaremberg about the Trans Pacific Partnership, energy issues and the California-Canada trade relationship.

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CalChamber Hosts Meeting to Catalyze Canada-California Collaboration

(March 13, 2009) The California Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a meeting of the Canada-California Strategic Innovation Partnership (CCSIP), a fcatalyst for collaborative research, development and delivery between two innovation-intensive jurisdictions: California, one of the most dynamic innovation engines on earth; and Canada, a leading country in university research intensity.

Pictured (left to right) Front Row:
-Susanne Stirling, Vice President, International Affairs, CalChamber;
-Henri Rothschild, President and CEO, ISTPCanada;
-Yolanda Benson, Government Strategies Inc.
-Sonya Shorey, Communications Strategiest
-Kathleen Erwin, Director, Research Program Application & Review Center;
-Lou Witkin, HP Labs Open Innovation Office
-Thierry Weissenburger, Sr. Trade Commisioner, Canadian Consulate General;
Pictured (left to right) Back Row:
-Eric Holdrinet, Technology Officer, Canadian Consulate General;
-Barry Klein, Vice Chancellor, UC Davis; - John Hepburn, Vice President of Research, Univ. of British Colombia; -Steven Beckwith, Vice President of Research, UC; -Nigel Lloyd, Exec VP, Nat'l Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada; -Denis Therien, VP of research & international relations, McGill Univeristy; -Gretchen Kalonji, Director of Int'l Strategy, UC; -Dominic Jean, Secretary, CCSIP; -Marc LePage, Consul General, Canadian Consulate General, SF; -Roberto Peccei, Vice Chancellor for Research, UCLA.

CalChamber Hosts Canadian Ambassador CalChamber Hosts New Canadian Consul General

The Honorable Michael Wilson, Canadian ambassador to the United States, highlights the prosperity California has gained through international trade with Canada at an International Luncheon Forum. 

(December 13, 2007) The Honorable Michael Wilson, Canadian ambassador to the United States, highlights the prosperity California has gained through international trade with Canada at a December 13 International Luncheon Forum at the California Chamber of Commerce. Seated are Susan Corrales-Diaz, chair of the CalChamber Council for International Trade, and Marc LePage, consul general of Canada.

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(September 18, 2009) Trade, health care, water and energy issues were among the topics of discussion when the CalChamber hosted a meeting with the new consul general of Canada. Pictured: Stewart Beck (left), Consul General of Canada, Allan Zaremberg (right), CalChamber President and CEO

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2007 Trade Mission

Canada Trip Touts Trade and Tourism

CalChamber President Allan Zaremberg and Members on the 2007 Canda Trade Mission 

(June 8, 2007) CalChamber President Allan Zaremberg and CalChamber member Margaret Wong of McWong Environmental & Energy Group attend a business networking reception during the trade mission to Canada. Full Article

On May 29, 2007, California Chamber of Commerce President Allan Zaremberg, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, members of the press and a diverse business delegation departed today for a three-day trade mission to Canada to promote California products, services and tourist destinations.

"Canada is now the second largest customer for California's exports, with a total dollar value of $14.2 billion in 2006. Two-way trade with Canada supports an estimated 832,000 jobs in California," said Susanne Stirling, CalChamber vice president of international affairs. "With a population and economy larger than Canada, California is unquestionably a major market for Canadian manufactured goods, energy, forest and agri-food products and a wide range of services."

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