Innovating together

iRobot was founded in 1990 at MIT to advance the development of practical robots. The company generates more than $450 million in annual revenue and employs more than 500 of the industry’s top professionals. iRobot collaborates with government agencies, academic institutions and businesses to create and market robots with practical applications such as helping military personnel and public safety professionals tackle dangerous missions with less risk. iRobot also has multi-year contracts with the Canadian Department of National Defence valued at close to $10 million.

D2L joins Boston Ed-tech community

Innovative educational technology company D2L launched its U.S. expansion with the opening of an office in Boston. Founded in Kitchener, Canada, in 1998, D2L is the maker of next gen online teaching and learning platform, Brightspace. In 2013, D2L acquired Boston-based Wiggio, a web-based collaborative tool, to build out its cloud based learning solutions and grow its U.S presence. With the backing of $165 million in venture capital, the company has since then aggressively expanded into the U.S. market and around the world. It is the leading choice of more than 1,100 K–12, higher education, healthcare, government and business clients— with more than 15 million users worldwide. D2L’s Boston presence— including office and growing customer-base ranging from the Massachusetts General Hospital to Boston Institute of Finance and educational institutions—reaffirms Boston at the center of the American EdTech boom.

Creating jobs together

There are now over 219 Canadian-owned companies operating in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the numbers are growing year after year. These companies are responsible for over 26,000 jobs throughout the state. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the average salary in the Massachusetts is $57,610. This means that Canadian-owned businesses are directly responsible for over $1.5 billion in salary dollars. Therefore, not only do Canadian companies pay their taxes locally, they also contribute to the local economy through these salary dollars. These companies employ Massachusetts residents in every sector of the economy. Canadian companies are clearly major contributors to Massachusetts’ economy.

Massachusetts–Canada trade

  • Massachusetts exports to Canada: $3.1 billion
  • Massachusetts imports from Canada: $7.6 billion
  • Bilateral trade: $10.7 billion
  • Massachusetts services exports to Canada: $2.2 billion

Massachusetts–Canada tourism

  • Massachusetts visits by Canadians: 867,300
  • Massachusetts vacation spending by Canadians: $373 million

Massachusetts’ top goods exports to Canada

  • Optical, medical & precision instruments: $354 million
  • Aircraft: $320 million
  • Plastics & plastic articles: $303 million
  • Computers: $205 million
  • Telephones & AV recording equipment: $149 million

Massachusetts’ top goods imports from Canada

  • Fish & crustaceans: $1.1 billion
  • Natural gas & other gases: $704 million
  • Precious metals: $663 million
  • Fuel oil: $572 million
  • Paper & paperboard: $348 million

Massachusetts exports to Canada by industry

  • Equipment & machinery (37%)
  • Minerals & metals (14%)
  • Transportation (11%)
  • Plastics & rubbers (10%)
  • Agriculture (10%)
  • Chemicals (6%)
  • Other (12%)

Massachusetts imports from Canada by industry

  • Agriculture (25%)
  • Minerals & metals (24%)
  • Energy (18%)
  • Forest products (10%)
  • Equipment & machinery (7%)
  • Plastics & rubbers (4%)
  • Other (13%)

Massachusetts Jobs

  • 211,000 Massachusetts jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada

Massachusetts top services exports to Canada

  • Travel: $721 million
  • Royalties & license fees: $440 million
  • Financial services: $358 million
  • Business, professional & technical services: $325 million
  • Telecom, computer & information services: $135 million


  • 211,000 jobs in Massachusetts depend on Canada–U.S. trade and investment
  • Canada is Massachusetts’ #1 customer
  • Total Canada–Massachusetts goods trade: $10.7 billion

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For more information on Massachusetts’ trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Boston.

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.