Canadian Demand Keeps Cambria Growing

Cambria, a Minnesota-based family-owned designer of quartz countertops, was founded in 2002. In 2007, drawn to Canada’s booming construction industry, housing market and strong local economy, Cambria opened a manufacturing facility in Bolton, Ontario, and a design showroom in the heart of Toronto. Cambria’s Ontario fabrication facility uses Canadian quartz, and its Canada-based employees manufacture, market, distribute, and sell the products, which can now be found in homes, sports arenas, and corporate settings in every Canadian province. The company employs more than 1,000 people in Minnesota.

Continent’s Largest Bus Builder

New Flyer Industries Incorporated is the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in Canada and the United States with revenues of more than $1 billion, and 47% of U.S. market share. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, New Flyer maintains more than 3,200 skilled employees at five manufacturing facilities in Manitoba, Minnesota, Alabama, and California, producing buses for municipalities in 38 states. Minnesota investments exceed $50 million; at an 85,000 ft2 Crookston facility, 294 employees handle final assembly for the Winnipeg operation, and a 400,000 ft2 St. Cloud facility employs 745 people. The company relies on the seamless U.S.–Canadian border to maintain its operations and competitive edge. The company’s highly integrated plants typically supply each other with 10 southbound and 5 northbound trailers daily, almost exclusively at the Pembina border crossing between Manitoba and North Dakota.

Minnesota–Canada trade

  • Minnesota exports to Canada: $4.4 billion
  • Minnesota imports from Canada: $8.7 billion
  • Bilateral trade: $13.1 billion
  • Minnesota services exports to Canada: $896 million

Minnesota–Canada tourism

  • Minnesota visits by Canadians: 805,400
  • Minnesota vacation spending by Canadians: $225 million

Minnesota’s top goods exports to Canada

  • Automobiles: $410 million
  • Optical, medical & precision instruments: $271 million
  • Beverages & alcohol: $217 million
  • Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $157 million
  • Plastics & plastic articles: $141 million

Minnesota’s top goods imports from Canada

  • Crude petroleum: $3.8 billion
  • Natural gas & other gases: $418 million
  • Plastics & plastic articles: $339 million
  • Fertilizers: $334 million
  • Electricity: $301 million

Minnesota exports to Canada by industry

  • Equipment & machinery (28%)
  • Transportation (22%)
  • Agriculture (17%)
  • Minerals & metals (14%)
  • Chemicals (4%)
  • Forest products (4%)
  • Other (11%)

Minnesota imports from Canada by industry

  • Energy (53%)
  • Agriculture (9%)
  • Forest products (6%)
  • Chemicals (6%)
  • Equipment & machinery (6%)
  • Minerals & metals (6%)
  • Other (14%)

Minnesota Jobs

  • 174,200 Minnesota jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada

Minnesota top services exports to Canada

  • Travel: $220 million
  • Transportation services: $202 million
  • Royalties & license fees: $123 million
  • Business, professional & technical services: $119 million
  • Insurance services: $96 million


  • 174,200 jobs in Minnesota depend on Canada–U.S. trade and investment
  • Canada is Minnesota’s #1 customer
  • Total Canada–Minnesota goods trade: $13.1 billion

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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.