The Business of Life

Deerfield-based Abbott is one of the most globalized companies in health care. With a 125-year history of innovation and strong links to Canada the firm creates products designed to help people live healthier, fuller lives. Approximately 73,000 Abbott people in over 150 countries carry out the firm’s mission of advancing global health in nutrition, medical devices, diagnostics, and pharmaceuticals. A key element of Abbott’s multi-billion dollar diagnostics business, Abbott Point of Care, makes the i-STAT System, a handheld diagnostic blood testing device. Manufactured in Ontario, Canada since 1988, the i-STAT System is used in a third of all U.S. hospitals and can provide test results in less than two minutes, accelerating the patient care decision-making process.

Making Everyday Products Better

Based in Westchester, IL, Ingredion is a leading global ingredients solutions company with 11,000 employees and presence in more than 40 countries. From sweeteners, starches and nutrition ingredients to biomaterials, Ingredion provides ingredients that are used in everyday products from foods and beverages to paper and pharmaceuticals. The firm has invested approximately $37 million in R&D with 25 Ingredion Idea Labs™ innovation centers located around the world employing more than 350 scientists.

Ingredion has been operating in Canada since 1858 and the country is one of the company’s top five markets. With two manufacturing facilities, an innovation center and a couple of business offices in the country, Ingredion is the only producer of corn sweeteners and starches in Canada. Canadian operations are an important source of innovative new ingredient solutions, such as prebiotic fibers and non-GMO corn sweeteners.

Illinois–Canada trade

  • Illinois exports to Canada: $17.4 billion
  • Illinois imports from Canada: $29.7 billion
  • Bilateral trade: $47.1 billion
  • Illinois services exports to Canada: $2.8 billion

Illinois–Canada tourism

  • Illinois visits by Canadians: 827,700
  • Illinois vacation spending by Canadians: $307 million

Illinois’ top goods exports to Canada

  • Fuel oil: $2.7 billion
  • Automobiles: $853 million
  • Crude petroleum: $838 million
  • Plastics & plastic articles: $735 million
  • Motor vehicle parts: $547 million

Illinois’ top goods imports from Canada

  • Crude petroleum: $18.1 billion
  • Natural gas & other gases: $1.4 billion
  • Plastics & plastic articles: $886 million
  • Paper & paperboard: $591 million
  • Inorganic chemicals: $514 million

Illinois exports to Canada by industry

  • Equipment & machinery (30%)
  • Energy (21%)
  • Transportation (13%)
  • Minerals & metals (8%)
  • Chemicals (8%)
  • Agriculture (7%)
  • Other (12%)

Illinois imports from Canada by industry

  • Energy (66%)
  • Chemicals (6%)
  • Agriculture (6%)
  • Equipment & machinery (4%)
  • Plastics & rubbers (4%)
  • Minerals & metals (3%)
  • Other (10%)

Illinois Jobs

  • 344,300 Illinois jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada

Illinois top services exports to Canada

  • Transportation services: $655 million
  • Travel: $654 million
  • Business, professional & technical services: $561 million
  • Financial services: $370 million
  • Insurance services: $222 million


  • 344,300 jobs in Illinois depend on Canada–U.S. trade and investment
  • Canada is Illinois’ #1 customer
  • Total Canada–Illinois goods trade: $47.1 billion

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For more information on Illinois’ trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Chicago.

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.