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In 2018, Scotland sold £590 million worth of exports to Canada. This is 1.7% of Scotland’s total international exports. Scottish exports to Canada have increased by 31.3% since 2013, an increase of £140 million.

An image of Canada outlined on a map

The benefits of selling to Canada

The World Bank rates Canada as the 23rd easiest country in the world to do business with.

Canada’s a good place to export to because it has a:

  • strong economy
  • highly educated workforce

It’s also a good place for Scottish businesses to export to because:

  • Canada is a bilingual country where English is one the 2 languages spoken
  • it has similar laws and regulations as the UK
  • it has a high standard of living, so people have money to spend

What we could sell more of

A Trading Nation uses evidence to work out what Scotland could sell more of.

In Canada, the key sectors where Scotland could sell more are:

  • mining support and services
  • computer and information technology (IT) services
  • the manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products
  • machinery and equipment
  • engineering
  • food
  • chemical sciences

An infographic of top opportunities in Canada

Help with exporting in Canada

Scottish Development International offices

Scottish Development International has offices in Toronto and  Calgary. The Calgary office focuses on investment across North America. The Toronto office focuses on:

  • technology industries
  • food and drink sectors

Scottish Government

The Scottish Government has offices in Ottawa. They work to promote Scotland in Canada.

The Scottish Government also have an engagement strategy for Canada.


The GlobalScot network has 23 experts in Canada covering:

  • energy
  • financial services
  • technology

We’re going to expand the GlobalScot network in Canada.

Department for International Trade

You can contact the Department for International Trade team in Canada to find opportunities for doing business there.

British Canadian Chamber of Trade and Commerce

The British Canadian Chamber of Trade and Commerce can offer members:

  • business support
  • advice
  • introductions

They have an office in Toronto.

You can find more help with exporting.

You can also find more information on exporting to Canada in A Trading Nation.

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