Rhode Island

An Energizing Partner

Burrillville-based Ocean State Power is owned and operated by TransCanada and is the second largest power plant in the state. Ocean State Power is the first power plant built in New England to use Canadian natural gas exclusively, generating more electricity and reducing waste. At full capacity, the plant uses 100 million cubic feet of natural gas daily.

Ocean State Power supports approximately 90 Rhode Island jobs and is a major purchaser of local goods and services; spending close to $10 million annually on maintenance and operations. The Company contributes to the Burrillville community through its TransCanada Community Investment Program, which directs supports to a number of local programs and charities.

Textron Equips Canadian Forces

Providence-headquartered Textron Systems supplies the Canadian Forces Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) program. The company is providing overall program management, acting as the design authority, coordinating a team of companies for vehicle assembly and integration, providing direct product support, managing the in-service support contract, as well as executing an Industrial Regional Benefits program. The contract is valued at over $600 million.

In August 2016, Textron Systems delivered the first TAPVs to the Canadian Army, and plans to deliver at least 30 vehicles per month with all 500 vehicles scheduled to be delivered by December 2017. The fleet will be distributed across seven bases. The Canadian Army expects to declare full operational capability by mid-2020.

First New England Cement Plant in Over 50 Years

In August 2016, McInnis Cement broke ground on their first U.S. terminal at the Port of Providence. McInnis will deliver payloads of over 30,000 metric tons to the terminal from the company's plant in Port-Daniel–Gascons, Canada. McInnis is the first cement company to build a new plant to serve New England in more than 50 years.

When the Providence terminal becomes operational, McInnis will hire up to 10 employees, including stevedores, as well as marine and trucking-related jobs. About 30 to 40 construction-related jobs will be available while the ship-receiving facilities are being constructed.

Rhode Island–Canada trade

  • Rhode Island exports to Canada: $527 million
  • Rhode Island imports from Canada: $405 million
  • Bilateral trade: $932 million
  • Rhode Island services exports to Canada: $152 million

Rhode Island–Canada tourism

  • Rhode Island visits by Canadians: 99,500
  • Rhode Island vacation spending by Canadians: $23 million

Rhode Island’s top goods exports to Canada

  • Plastics & plastic articles: $42 million
  • Optical, medical & precision instruments: $28 million
  • Toys, games, sporting & recreation equipment: $19 million
  • Inorganic chemicals: $10 million
  • Furniture & bedding: $10 million

Rhode Island’s top goods imports from Canada

  • Fuel oil: $61 million
  • Organic chemicals: $31 million
  • Paper & paperboard: $24 million
  • Plastics & plastic articles: $22 million
  • Wood & semi-finished wood products: $17 million

Rhode Island exports to Canada by industry

  • Minerals & metals (54%)
  • Equipment & machinery (19%)
  • Plastics & rubbers (9%)
  • Chemicals (5%)
  • Agriculture (2%)
  • Transportation (2%)
  • Other (9%)

Rhode Island imports from Canada by industry

  • Minerals & metals (21%)
  • Energy (15%)
  • Agriculture (13%)
  • Forest products (12%)
  • Chemicals (12%)
  • Equipment & machinery (7%)
  • Other (20%)

Rhode Island Jobs

  • 27,600 Rhode Island jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada

Rhode Island top services exports to Canada

  • Business, professional & technical services: $20 million
  • Financial services: $14 million
  • Royalties: $13 million
  • Insurance: $12 million
  • Telecommunications: $4 million


  • 27,600 jobs in Rhode Island depend on Canada–U.S. trade and investment
  • Canada is Rhode Island’s #1 customer
  • Total Canada–Rhode Island goods trade: $932 million

Connect to our team

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

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.