Building for the Future

A timber panel being installed at the T3 building (photo: StructureCraft)StructureCraft, a Vancouver, BC-based specialty construction firm, provided the design coordination, timber engineering, pre-fabrication, logistics and installation for the Timber, Technology, Transit (T3) building in Minneapolis' historic warehouse district. Overseeing the building erection, StructureCraft employed multiple local union carpenters to install 180,000 square feet of Nail Laminated Timber floor and roof panels for the 6-storey glulam post and beam structure.

StructureCraft's engineered wood products offer increased construction quality and efficiency, require less energy to extract and process than other materials, and sequester carbon in the wood fiber throughout its lifetime. T3 is the largest and tallest building in the U.S. to be constructed of wood in the past 100 years.

The Continent's Bus Builder

New Flyer Industries Incorporated is the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in North America, 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 Canada and the U.S., producing buses for municipalities in 38 states.

New Flyer relies on the seamless U.S.–Canadian border to maintain its operations; its highly integrated plants typically supply each other with ten southbound and five northbound trailers daily. The company employs over 1,000 people at plants in Crookston and St. Cloud, and its Minnesota investments exceed $50 million.

Minnesota–Canada trade

  • Minnesota exports to Canada: $4.0 billion
  • Minnesota imports from Canada: $7.5 billion
  • Bilateral trade: $11.5 billion
  • Minnesota services exports to Canada: $864 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: $293 million
  • Optical, medical & precision instruments: $230 million
  • Beverages & alcohol: $222 million
  • Plastics & plastic articles: $134 million
  • Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $129 million

Minnesota’s top goods imports from Canada

  • Crude petroleum: $2.9 billion
  • Natural gas & other gases: $461 million
  • Electricity: $346 million
  • Plastics & plastic articles: $299 million
  • Motor vehicle parts: $291 million

Minnesota exports to Canada by industry

  • Equipment & machinery (28%)
  • Transportation (21%)
  • Agriculture (18%)
  • Minerals & metals (13%)
  • Chemicals (5%)
  • Forest products (4%)
  • Other (11%)

Minnesota imports from Canada by industry

  • Energy (50%)
  • Agriculture (8%)
  • Forest products (8%)
  • Equipment & machinery (6%)
  • Minerals & metals (6%)
  • Transportation (5%)
  • Other (16%)

Minnesota Jobs

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

Minnesota top services exports to Canada

  • Business, professional & technical services: $176 million
  • Royalties: $112 million
  • Insurance: $62 million
  • Financial services: $41 million
  • Telecommunications: $5 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: $11.5 billion

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For more information on Minnesota’s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Minneapolis.

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.