In 2017, Scotland sold £580 million worth of exports to Canada. This is 1.8% of Scotland’s total international exports. Between 2013 and 2017, Scottish exports to Canada increased by an average of 7.8% each year.

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The benefits of selling to Canada

The World Bank rates Canada as the 22nd 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:

  • English is the first language
  • 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

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Help with exporting in Canada

Scottish Development International offices

Scottish Development International has an office in Calgary. They have 2 members of staff who are focussed on:

  • industries that produce consumer goods
  • science and technology

Scottish Government

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

The Scottish Government also have an engagement strategy for Canada.


The GlobalScot network has 21 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.