FDI in Canada
Foreign direct investment (FDI) is a key strategic lever for Canada’s economic development, helping to spur innovation and creating highly skilled and well-paying jobs in communities across the country. Increasingly, global investors look not only to invest, but to put down roots in Canadian communities.
Thanks to its vast territory, abundant resources and prosocial values, combined with its remarkable quality of life and highly skilled workforce, Canada will increasingly become the go-to destination for FDI in the new world economy.
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Invest in Canada is the country’s global investment attraction and promotion agency. We seek out the most committed and best qualified sources of FDI to invest here at home. In so doing, we help build a prosperous, sustainable economy for our communities, our country and our world.
Invest in Canada seeks to attract high quality, community focused investments into Canada that deliver long-term, sustainable returns, while remaining true to our fundamental values.
Canada’s economy relies on the innovation, new ideas and advanced technologies that FDI brings, in turn generating new opportunities for Canadians.
FDI can help Canada achieve its climate goals by introducing innovative new technologies and practices. FDI spurs the growth of green industries, creating new supply chains that will help Canada play a lead role in the fight against climate change.
FDI Facts and Figures
As 2021 unfolded, Canada’s annual foreign direct investments not only picked back up, but reached their highest levels in 15 years, with a yearly total of $74.8 billion!
These numbers are encouraging for Canadians as they signal a vital boost to the economy and the creation of quality jobs. They are also a prime example that finding the best companies to invest here at home has a positive impact on our communities.
A 15-year high for FDI into Canada
Different types of FDI, but one stand outs
Of many industries, two top the list in 2021
Leading source countries for FDI
In 2021, Invest in Canada directly supported projects from all over the world. Top investor countries included the United States, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. For each dollar of GDP generated in the Canadian economy last year, Canada attracted nearly US$0.67 of FDI, up from US$0.61 in 2019.
From forestry and agriculture to energy and manufacturing, FDI can help spur growth in the industries that build a strong Canadian economy by supporting the development of innovative and sustainable technologies, practices and products.
FDI will help Canada bring new solutions to the world, such as batteries and electric vehicles, new plant-based foods and carbon-capture technology, while creating highly skilled jobs here at home.
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Natural Resources
- Entertainment and Media
- Life Sciences
- Batteries and Electric Vehicles