Southern California

A Greener Future

Canada and California are working together on environmental policies to address climate change. The provinces of Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba have committed to partner with California on its Cap-and- Trade program. Canadian clean tech companies work in Southern California on water, solar, and wind projects. UV Pure installed its state-of-the-art water purification system at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI). Hortau helps strawberry farmers in Ventura County reduce water waste through advanced soil monitoring technology. Brookfield Renewable operates 6 wind turbines, and the Solar Provider Group, in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, operates commercial solar projects powering the equivalent of hundreds of homes in the region. Canada’s contribution to California’s climate efforts extends to infrastructure projects, battery-powered vehicles, and grants from the RBC Blue Water Project for non-profit environmental initiatives across the region.

On Screens Big & Small

Canadian talent, including actors, producers and directors like Ryan Gosling, Ellen Page, Seth Rogen, and James Cameron carry blockbusters and award-winning films. And Canadian musical artists such as Drake, The Weeknd, Alessia Cara, and Shawn Mendes are fixtures at the top of the charts. Behind the scenes, IMAX supplies the most advanced viewing technology for displaying Hollywood’s creative content around the world. Canadian entertainment companies including global independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) and Canadian digital media companies including D-BOX and Arc Production deliver services to the creative industries across Southern California, while Moment Factory has created digital experiences at the Grammy Awards and an installation at LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal. In San Diego, Quickplay Media is a leading company providing services for premium video content distribution on IP-connected devices. Around every corner there are Canadians shaping and creating Hollywood magic in Southern California.

Innovation Economy

Canadian companies across the innovation landscape are committed to bringing new ideas and products to Southern California’s dynamic economy. Orange County’s life sciences hub hosts the Canadian-held Bausch & Lomb, a key player in cutting-edge eye healthcare. Omni-Lite Industries, operating in Southern California for more than 20 years, and its sister company, California Nanotechnologies, continue to innovate in the material sciences, medical devices for aerospace and defense industries. Calgary-based Solium provides software solutions for employee equity plan administration in Southern California and worldwide. And TriPhase Accelerator Corporation is developing cancer therapeutics in San Diego, where local strategic partnerships facilitate the advancement of life-saving drugs.

California–Canada trade

  • California exports to Canada: $16.9 billion
  • California imports from Canada: $27.9 billion
  • Bilateral trade: $44.8 billion
  • California services exports to Canada: $9.8 billion

California–Canada tourism

  • California visits by Canadians: 1,880,700
  • California vacation spending by Canadians: $1.7 billion

California’s top goods exports to Canada

  • Telephones & AV recording equipment: $1.8 billion
  • Fruits & nuts: $1.7 billion
  • Computers: $1.5 billion
  • Vegetables: $1.0 billion
  • Optical, medical & precision instruments: $884 million

California’s top goods imports from Canada

  • Automobiles: $16.6 billion
  • Medicine, in dosage: $1.1 billion
  • Plastics & plastic articles: $538 million
  • Crude petroleum: $513 million
  • Animal meats: $452 million

California exports to Canada by industry

  • Equipment & machinery (43%)
  • Agriculture (26%)
  • Transportation (6%)
  • Minerals & metals (5%)
  • Chemicals (5%)
  • Apparel & textiles (3%)
  • Other (11%)

California imports from Canada by industry

  • Transportation (61%)
  • Agriculture (9%)
  • Chemicals (6%)
  • Equipment & machinery (6%)
  • Minerals & metals (4%)
  • Energy (4%)
  • Other (10%)

California Jobs

  • 1,166,100 California jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada

California top services exports to Canada

  • Travel: $3.1 billion
  • Royalties & license fees: $2.7 billion
  • Business, professional & technical services: $1.7 billion
  • Transportation services: $875 million
  • Telecom, computer & information services: $841 million


  • 1,166,100 jobs in California depend on Canada–U.S. trade and investment
  • Total Canada–California goods trade: $44.8 billion

Connect to our team

For more information on California’s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Los Angeles.

September 2016
Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are based on 2015 data in U.S. dollars. Statistics Canada: 2014 tourism, based on combined same-day and overnight travel (8/2016 release, US$1.00=C$1.1045). U.S. Census Bureau: goods trade, Canada’s export ranking (2/2016 release). U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis: goods and services trade (3/2016 release). Trade Partnership: 2014 services trade (11/2015 release). Job numbers are from a study commissioned by the Government of Canada (11/2014 release, 2013 data). Figures may not add up due to rounding. Produced by the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.