Spurring Trade & Job Creation

Headquartered in Lisle, Illinois and employing over 500 people in the Land of Lincoln, McCain Foods USA is certainly not small potatoes. Operating across six continents, its Canadian parent company sells one-third of the world's frozen French fries and brings in global sales of over $4.5 billion. On an international scale, this equates to one hundred million servings of McCain French fries every day.

Working with 3,200 farmers and using over 6.5 million tons of potatoes every year, McCain also cares deeply about trade and community involvement. McCain entered the U.S. market more than 30 years ago and is a leading supplier of frozen potato and snack food products for national restaurant chains and retail grocery stores.

Investing in Illinois

One of North America's largest banks, BMO Financial Group employs more than 14,000 people across the U.S., and as the second largest U.S. subsidiary of a Canadian bank, Chicago's BMO Harris Bank exemplifies an extraordinary cross-border success story. BMO Harris is the city's second largest retail lender and deposit holder, providing a broad range of personal and commercial banking products while employing 10,000 people at its 200 branches throughout the state. The bank is also Chicago's largest investment banking employer through BMO Capital Markets and one of the largest retail banks in the entire Midwest, boasting over 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs.

BMO gives back to local communities by partnering with the YMCA in the Chicagoland area. “At BMO Harris Bank, we are committed to supporting the communities we serve by helping to make them stronger through programs like Urban Warriors,” said Justine Fedak, SVP and Head of Brand, Advertising and Sponsorships at BMO Harris Bank.

BMO also maintains a strong commitment to Canada–U.S. economic initiatives designed to increase trade, drive growth, and benefit customers in a global market.

Illinois–Canada trade

  • Illinois exports to Canada: $15.9 billion
  • Illinois imports from Canada: $25.3 billion
  • Bilateral trade: $41.2 billion
  • Illinois services exports to Canada: $2.7 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: $2.9 billion
  • Plastics & plastic articles: $719 million
  • Automobiles: $676 million
  • Motor vehicle parts: $512 million
  • Optical, medical & precision instruments: $447 million

Illinois’ top goods imports from Canada

  • Crude petroleum: $14.0 billion
  • Natural gas & other gases: $1.1 billion
  • Plastics & plastic articles: $800 million
  • Inorganic chemicals: $760 million
  • Paper & paperboard: $551 million

Illinois exports to Canada by industry

  • Equipment & machinery (30%)
  • Energy (19%)
  • Transportation (12%)
  • Chemicals (9%)
  • Minerals & metals (9%)
  • Agriculture (8%)
  • Other (13%)

Illinois imports from Canada by industry

  • Energy (60%)
  • Chemicals (7%)
  • Agriculture (7%)
  • Equipment & machinery (5%)
  • Plastics & rubbers (5%)
  • Minerals & metals (4%)
  • Other (12%)

Illinois Jobs

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

Illinois top services exports to Canada

  • Business, professional & technical services: $649 million
  • Financial services: $327 million
  • Royalties: $174 million
  • Insurance: $160 million
  • Telecommunications: $16 million


  • 344,300 jobs in Illinois depend on Canada–U.S. trade and investment
  • Canada is Illinois’ #1 customer
  • Total Canada–Illinois goods trade: $41.2 billion

Connect to our team

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

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.