Creating Local Job Growth

Given that Wisconsin is the nation's leading papermaking state, Domtar Corporation prides itself on being at the forefront of sustainable forestry and North American job creation in the Badger State. As the largest producer of uncoated freesheet paper on the continent, Domtar employs 2,100 people in Wisconsin alone and maintains two mills in Rothschild and Nekoosa.

The Rothschild mill produces an estimated regional economic impact of $297.7 million and is one of the largest employers in Marathon County. The Nekoosa mill is not only the city's largest employer but also has an estimated regional impact of $357.2 million.

Feeding into the Economy

It should come as no surprise that Wisconsinites love their cheese, since dairy makes up the largest segment of Wisconsin's agriculture market and contributes $43.4 billion to the state's economy! Building on that strong relationship, Montreal-based Canadian dairy company Saputo Inc. ranks as one of the top ten dairy processors in the world and among the top three cheese producers in the U.S.

Saputo provides over 1,100 jobs in Wisconsin and has nine production facilities along with a distribution center in Appleton. The company also recently added another Wisconsin cheese plant with the acquisition of Woolwich Dairy in Lancaster. Additionally, the company lives by its core values of community involvement and healthy food choices at the local level. Saputo recently partnered with Action for Healthy Kids to promote nutritious eating and physical activity in 240 schools across five states, including Wisconsin. The grants provided by this program are predicted to impact more than 38,000 students this year and 100,000 students over the next three years.

Wisconsin–Canada trade

  • Wisconsin exports to Canada: $6.6 billion
  • Wisconsin imports from Canada: $4.1 billion
  • Bilateral trade: $10.7 billion
  • Wisconsin services exports to Canada: $526 million

Wisconsin–Canada tourism

  • Wisconsin visits by Canadians: 205,800
  • Wisconsin vacation spending by Canadians: $45 million

Wisconsin’s top goods exports to Canada

  • Paper & paperboard: $497 million
  • Plastics & plastic articles: $402 million
  • Organic chemicals: $261 million
  • Motor vehicle parts: $247 million
  • Beverages & alcohol: $243 million

Wisconsin’s top goods imports from Canada

  • Plastics & plastic articles: $410 million
  • Wood pulp: $358 million
  • Paper & paperboard: $322 million
  • Softwood lumber: $191 million
  • Wood & semi-finished wood products: $139 million

Wisconsin exports to Canada by industry

  • Equipment & machinery (29%)
  • Agriculture (17%)
  • Forest products (12%)
  • Chemicals (9%)
  • Transportation (9%)
  • Minerals & metals (7%)
  • Other (17%)

Wisconsin imports from Canada by industry

  • Forest products (25%)
  • Agriculture (16%)
  • Equipment & machinery (12%)
  • Plastics & rubbers (10%)
  • Chemicals (9%)
  • Minerals & metals (8%)
  • Other (20%)

Wisconsin Jobs

  • 158,000 Wisconsin jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada

Wisconsin top services exports to Canada

  • Royalties: $120 million
  • Insurance: $72 million
  • Business, professional & technical services: $65 million
  • Financial services: $11 million
  • Telecommunications: $3 million


  • 158,000 jobs in Wisconsin depend on Canada–U.S. trade and investment
  • Canada is Wisconsin’s #1 customer
  • Total Canada–Wisconsin goods trade: $10.7 billion

Connect to our team

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

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.