Expanding Coastal Trade Opportunities

Vancouver’s Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd. opened its first U.S. distribution facility in Virginia Beach in 2014. The company is the world’s largest producer of diecast marine anodes and supplies non-ferrous metal products, engineered and machine die castings, and subassemblies for the marine, hydraulics, telecommunications, and electronics industries. In November 2015, the company expanded to its second Virginia location— a 39,000 square foot manufacturing and distribution facility — in nearby Suffolk. As part of the company’s multi-year expansion plan, Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd. expects to employ 70 Virginians by 2019.

Bringing Communities to Life

Stantec, one of Canada’s largest professional services firms, employs 185 Virginians across eight established offices in Virginia. A key player in transportation infrastructure projects throughout the Commonwealth, Stantec supported the creation of the APM Marine Terminal in Portsmouth and the construction and operation of HOV and HOT lanes on I-495 in Fairfax County. The company is equally known for its education infrastructure projects, designing Lavery Hall, a sustainability-built dining and learning facility at Virginia Tech, and Lacy Hall, the centerpiece of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Virginia. Stantec has also worked closely with Dominion Virginia Power on engineering and environmental projects since 1994.

Virginia–Canada trade

  • Virginia exports to Canada: $3.4 billion
  • Virginia imports from Canada: $1.8 billion
  • Bilateral trade: $5.2 billion
  • Virginia services exports to Canada: $98 million

Virginia–Canada tourism

  • Virginia visits by Canadians: 838,600
  • Virginia vacation spending by Canadians: $219 million

Virginia’s top goods exports to Canada

  • Tractors: $506 million
  • Fuel oil: $348 million
  • Paper & printing machinery: $232 million
  • Plastics & plastic articles: $213 million
  • Motor vehicle parts: $160 million

Virginia’s top goods imports from Canada

  • Paper & paperboard: $196 million
  • Plastics & plastic articles: $129 million
  • Furniture & bedding: $70 million
  • Wood & semi-finished wood products: $63 million
  • Organic chemicals: $49 million

Virginia exports to Canada by industry

  • Transportation (24%)
  • Equipment & machinery (22%)
  • Energy (11%)
  • Minerals & metals (8%)
  • Forest products (8%)
  • Agriculture (8%)
  • Other (19%)

Virginia imports from Canada by industry

  • Equipment & machinery (20%)
  • Forest products (19%)
  • Agriculture (13%)
  • Minerals & metals (10%)
  • Plastics & rubbers (9%)
  • Chemicals (7%)
  • Other (21%)

Virginia Jobs

  • 280,800 Virginia jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada

Virginia top services exports to Canada

  • Travel: $56 million
  • Business, professional & technical services: $14 million
  • Royalties & license fees: $8 million
  • Insurance services: $7 million
  • Telecom, computer & information services: $4 million


  • 280,800 jobs in Virginia depend on Canada–U.S. trade and investment
  • Canada is Virginia’s #1 customer
  • Total Canada–Virginia goods trade: $5.2 billion

Connect to our team

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

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.