Canada - Chicago Ties

Canada is a top investor in the Chicago area with some 200 Canada-based companies at 450 locations, and there are 150+ Chicago companies in Canada

Business Ties
  • There are an estimated 200 Canadian companies at 450 locations in greater Chicago including: Bank of Montreal/Harris Bank, Bombardier, Boyd Group, Canadian National Railway, CIBC, Fairfax Financial, Manulife and Rio Tinto Alcan
  • There are an estimated 190 Chicago-area companies in Canada including: Abbott, Boeing, Groupon, Hub International, Motorola Solutions, Ryerson and RR Donnelley (Moore Wallace)
  • Canadian Consulate General in Chicago
  • Canadian Club of Chicago (formerly the Canada-US Business Council) since 1942; Delegation of Quebec office
  • Chicago-Toronto Sister City relationship since 1991
  • The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative founded and based in Chicago since 2003
  • 371 weekly nonstop departures from Chicago airports to destinations in Canada
  • An estimated 40,000 Canadian citizens reside in the upper Midwest
  • Former Toronto Mayor Ford visited Chicago along with a Canadian business delegation, Sep. 2012
Recent Expansions
  • Livingston International, new U.S. headquarters, 2015
  • Samuel Son & Co., 65,000 sq. ft. service center, 2014
  • Aeroterm LLC, $130 million air cargo facility at O’Hare, 2013
  • Allison+Partners, 2012
  • Global Relay, 2012
  • WestJet Airlines Ltd., 2012
  • PotashCorp, 2012
  • Canadian National Railway, 2011
  • OMERS Fund, acquired Accelerated Holdings, 2011
  • BMO Harris Bank, 2011
  • Winpak Portion Packaging Inc., 2011
Total Trade, 2016: US $41.2 Billion
  • Total Imports to Illinois, 2016: US $25.3 billion
  • Top Import Categories, 2016: Oil, plastics, machinery parts, inorganic chemicals and vehicles
  • Total Exports from Illinois, 2016: US $15.9 billion
  • Top Export Categories, 2016: Machinery parts, oil, vehicles, electric machinery and plastics