Southern California

A Greener Future

In Southern California, Canadian companies are hard at work on projects protecting the environment and combatting climate change. UV Pure's state-of-the-art water purification system at the LA Cleantech Incubator treats up to 600 gallons/day. The multilevel groundwater monitoring network constructed by OCWD using Westbay technology enables the District to effectively manage groundwater recharge, potable water extraction and confirm in-situ quality. Brookfield Renewable operates five wind farms and one hydroelectric facility. Solar Provider Group operates commercial solar projects powering hundreds of homes in the region. The RBC Blue Water Project helps provide access to drinkable water for Californians with its grants to local charitable organizations.

On Screens Big & Small

Canadian talent like Ryan Gosling, Ellen Page, Seth Rogen, Tatiana Maslany, Drake, Alessia Cara and The Weeknd are at the forefront of the film, television and music industries. Across Southern California there are Canadians shaping and creating Hollywood magic. IMAX supplies the most advanced viewing technology showcasing creative content around the world. D-BOX and Moment Factory create augmented audience experiences —  opening new physical and emotional dimensions using their cutting-edge motion systems and interactive digital environments. Global independent studio Entertainment One develops, produces, finances and distributes entertainment content. Canadians are also vanguards of IT innovation. In San Diego, CGI Technologies and Solutions manages and technologically transforms more than 300 software applications for 50+ government departments.

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 eyecare. Omni-Lite Industries, 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 locally and worldwide. 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: $16.2 billion
  • California imports from Canada: $27.8 billion
  • Bilateral trade: $44.0 billion
  • California services exports to Canada: $9.2 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: $1.6 billion
  • Computers: $1.5 billion
  • Vegetables: $905 million
  • Optical, medical & precision instruments: $844 million

California’s top goods imports from Canada

  • Automobiles: $18.1 billion
  • Plastics & plastic articles: $526 million
  • Animal meats: $451 million
  • Furniture & bedding: $427 million
  • Animal feed & food industry residues: $410 million

California exports to Canada by industry

  • Equipment & machinery (44%)
  • Agriculture (25%)
  • Transportation (7%)
  • Minerals & metals (5%)
  • Chemicals (5%)
  • Apparel & textiles (3%)
  • Other (10%)

California imports from Canada by industry

  • Transportation (67%)
  • Agriculture (9%)
  • Equipment & machinery (5%)
  • Minerals & metals (4%)
  • Forest products (3%)
  • Chemicals (3%)
  • Other (9%)

California Jobs

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

California top services exports to Canada

  • Business, professional & technical services: $2.2 billion
  • Royalties: $1.7 billion
  • Financial services: $603 million
  • Telecommunications: $112 million
  • Insurance: $40 million


  • 1,166,100 jobs in California depend on Canada–U.S. trade and investment
  • Total Canada–California goods trade: $44.0 billion

Connect to our team

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

February 2017
Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are based on 2016 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 (2/2017 release). U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis: goods and services trade (3/2016 release). Trade Partnership: 2015 services trade (1/2017 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.