Rhode Island

An energizing partner

Ocean State Power, located in Burrillville, is owned and operated by TransCanada and is the second-largest power plant in the state. It operates a 560 megawatt gas-fired power plant that can use natural gas (or oil) and steam to generate more electricity and reduce waste. Hailed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as a model for independent power, Ocean State Power is the first power plant built in New England to use Canadian natural gas exclusively. At full capacity, the plant uses approximately 100 million cubic feet of natural gas on a daily basis. Ocean State Power supports approximately 35 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 locally through its TransCanada Community Investment Program, which supports a number of Burrilville programs and charities.

America’s Most Convenient Bank® is Canadian

TD Bank is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., with over 26,000 employees and deep roots in the community dating back more than 150 years. The Bank offers a broad array of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services to more than 8 million customers through its extensive network of approximately 1,300 locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. TD Bank is a member of TD Bank Group of Toronto, Canada, and employs over 75 in Rhode Island at 7 branches.

UNFI: Joining forces to better serve a growing market

United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI), headquartered in Providence, RI and employing 475, is the leading independent national distributor in North America of over 65,000 natural, organic and specialty foods and related products including nutritional supplements, personal care items and organic produce. Its business continues to expand as the demand for natural and organic products increases. Its UNFI Canada division, with 5 warehousing facilities and a head office in Concord, Ontario, was the first coast-to-coast distributor which combined several regional distributors into a nation-wide network that supplies Canadian grocers including Loblaws and Sobey’s. In addition to its distribution services, UNFI provides a range of innovative, value-added services for customers and suppliers in both countries.

Rhode Island–Canada trade

  • Rhode Island exports to Canada: $522 million
  • Rhode Island imports from Canada: $429 million
  • Bilateral trade: $0.9 billion
  • Rhode Island services exports to Canada: $173 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: $48 million
  • Optical, medical & precision instruments: $29 million
  • Toys, games, sporting & recreation equipment: $17 million
  • Furniture & bedding: $9 million
  • Inorganic chemicals: $8 million

Rhode Island’s top goods imports from Canada

  • Fuel oil: $43 million
  • Organic chemicals: $33 million
  • Plastics & plastic articles: $28 million
  • Paper & paperboard: $27 million
  • Wood & semi-finished wood products: $22 million

Rhode Island exports to Canada by industry

  • Minerals & metals (54%)
  • Equipment & machinery (19%)
  • Plastics & rubbers (10%)
  • Apparel & textiles (3%)
  • Chemicals (3%)
  • Agriculture (2%)
  • Other (8%)

Rhode Island imports from Canada by industry

  • Minerals & metals (19%)
  • Agriculture (16%)
  • Forest products (13%)
  • Chemicals (12%)
  • Energy (11%)
  • Equipment & machinery (8%)
  • Other (22%)

Rhode Island Jobs

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

Rhode Island top services exports to Canada

  • Travel: $88 million
  • Financial services: $24 million
  • Insurance services: $17 million
  • Royalties & license fees: $14 million
  • Business, professional & technical services: $12 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: $0.9 billion

Connect to our team

For more information on Rhode Island’s 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.