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Fast Facts

China is a priority country in the Global Market Action Plan launched in October 2015

  • China is Canada’s second largest trade partner
  • Canada is China’s 21st trade partner
  • In 2015, Canada’s total export to China was worth $20,223 million.
  • In 2015, Canada’s total import from China was worth $65,631 million.
  • There are more than 850 Canadian entities doing business in China

Trade and Investment

Canada's major exports to China

Pulp Of Wood Or Other Fibrous Cellulosic Material; Recovered (Waste And Scrap) Paper And Paperboard:$3,359.54 M
Oil Seeds And Oleaginous Fruits; Miscellaneous Grains, Seeds And Fruits; Industrial Or Medicinal Plants; Straw And Fodder:$2,889.98 M
Wood And Articles Of Wood; Wood Charcoal:$1,623.56 M
Ores, Slag And Ash:$1,402.08 M
Mineral Fuels, Mineral Oils And Products Of Their Distillation; Bituminous Substances; Mineral Waxes:$717.05 M

Canada’s major imports from China

Electrical Machinery And Equipment And Parts Thereof; Sound Recorders And Reproducers, Television Recorders And Reproducers, Parts And Accessories:$16,373.12 M
Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery And Mechanical Appliances; Parts Thereof:$12,310.10 M
Furniture; Bedding, Cushions Etc.; Lamps And Lighting Fittings Nesoi; Illuminated Signs, Nameplates And The Like; Prefabricated Buildings:$3,676.39 M
Toys, Games And Sports Equipment; Parts And Accessories Thereof:$3,501.46 M
Articles Of Apparel And Clothing Accessories, Knitted Or Crocheted:$2,547.41 M

Top 5 Canadian provinces exporting to China

British Columbia:$6,156.61 M
Alberta:$3,379.80 M
Saskatchewan:$3,362.18 M
Ontario:$2,678.59 M
Quebec:$2,670.50 M

Top 5 Chinese regions exporting to Canada

Shanghai:$9,593.78 M
Shenzhen:$6,519.12 M
Ningbo:$3,092.25 M
Nanjing:$2,970.79 M
Qingdao:$2,888.26 M

Top 5 Canadian provinces importing from China

Ontario:$39,439.07 M
British Columbia:$11,155.85 M
Quebec:$10,230.63 M
Alberta:$2,920.40 M
Manitoba:$1,079.50 M

Top 5 Chinese regions importing from Canada

Nanjing:$4,049.57 M
Shanghai:$3,025.52 M
Qingdao:$2,392.53 M
Tianjin:$2,044.72 M
Shenzhen:$1,601.18 M

Tourism

The granting of Approved Destination Status (ADS) to Canada by China in June 2010 significantly enhanced the promotion of Canada as a touristic destination for Chinese customers. China has become Canada’s 3rd largest source of overseas tourists (excluding US). Overnight arrivals to Canada from China gained significant momentum with the granting of ADS (Approved Destination Status) in June 2010, expanding at an average rate 24% per year. Upwards of 500,000 Chinese tourists visit Canada each year. Chinese travelers injected an estimated $920 million in the Canadian economy in 2014, spending $2,325 per trip and 36 nights in Canada on average.

(Source: Destination Canada)

Travelers to Canada by country of origin

Country of originTrips (K)Spending in Canada ($M)
United States11,5087,269
United Kingdom6591,032
France465764
China4481,026
Germany324553
Australia283808
Japan262476
India183281
South Korea175293
Mexico170270

Source: Statistics Canada, Tourism and the Centre for Education Statistics, 2014

Tourist inflow from China to Canada

Year201020112012201320142015
Trips to Canada200,033248,888298,070365,314471,823511,234
Year to year change20.40%24.42%19.76%22.56%29.16%8.35%

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 427-0006 - Number of non resident travellers entering Canada, by selected country of residence, excluding the United States, seasonally adjusted, annual (persons), CANSIM (database).

For more information on tourism between Canada and China, please visit the Canadian Tourism Commission’s website.

Bilateral Air Links

In 2015, around 1.6 million one-way passenger trips were made between China and Canada.

Air transportation is a direct contributor to a dynamic economy and is a leading trade and tourism facilitator. In December 2015, the Government of Canada announced the conclusion of an expanded air transport agreement with China that allows for new air services between additional cities in both countries.

Direct flights between Canada and mainland China in 2016

In 2015, China was Canada’s sixth largest international air travel market and its second largest-single country trading partner.

  • Air Canada: Beijing ↔ To & FromToronto
  • Air Canada: Beijing ↔ To & FromVancouver
  • Air Canada: Shanghai ↔ To & FromToronto
  • Air Canada: Shanghai ↔ To & FromVancouver
  • Air China: Beijing ↔ To & FromVancouver
  • Air China: Beijing ↔ To & FromMontreal
  • China Eastern: Kunming-Shanghai ↔ To & FromVancouver
  • China Eastern: Shanghai ↔ To & FromToronto
  • China Southern: Guangzhou ↔ To & FromVancouver
  • China Southern: Guangzhou ↔ To & FromToronto
  • Hainan Airlines: Beijing ↔ To & FromToronto
  • Hainan Airlines: Beijing ↔ To & FromCalgary
  • Sichuan Airlines: Shenyang ↔ To & From Vancouver
  • Xiamen Airlines: Xiamen ↔ To & FromVancouver

To learn more on Canada’s air links with China:

Education

In 2014, 107,357 students in Canada were Chinese, which representing 32.75% of Canada’s total foreign students.

In accordance with Canada’s International Education Strategy, significant efforts are deployed to promote Canada as a destination of choice for Chinese students. In 2014, China ranked first in terms of country of origin of foreign students in Canada.

To learn more on Canada's education programs:

Bilateral Agreements

Major Negotiations and Agreements

As of 2015, there are 38 treaties with China of which 24 show the status "In Force", 2 "Signed" and 12 "Terminated". Please visit the following the Canada Treaty Information’s webpage for more information.

Other resources

Our main partners

For more information on our services please visit the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service’s webpage.

Notice

The content of this page and the associated provincial pages is a joint effort of the Embassy of Canada and its Greater China Network. It is based on primary and secondary sources of information, including the following:

Readers should take note that the Government of Canada does not guarantee the accuracy of any of the information contained in this report, nor does it necessarily endorse the organizations listed herein. Readers should independently verify the accuracy and reliability of the information.

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Date Modified:
2016-08-25