Fact Sheet: China - Canada's Priority Market

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Fast Facts

  • Capital: Beijing
  • Population (millions): 1,350
  • Total area: 9,327,490 km2
  • Currency: Renminbi
  • Language (s): Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, other languages

Economic Facts 2012

  • GDP ($ billions): 8,226
  • GDP per capita ($): 6,093
  • GDP growth (%): 7.8
  • Inflation (%): 2.65
  • Unemployment (%): 4.1

Key Opportunities

  • Aerospace
  • Agriculture and processed food
  • Automotive
  • Education
  • Infrastructure
  • Information and communications technologies
  • Life sciences
  • Ocean industries
  • Oil and gas
  • Sustainable technologies
  • Transportation

Major Negotiations and Agreements

Support Services

Trade Commissioner Service of Canada

  • Beijing
  • Chengdu (opened in 2009 as part of Canada's Global Commerce Strategy)
  • Chongqing
  • Guangzhou
  • Nanjing (opened in 2009 as part of Canada's Global Commerce Strategy)
  • Qingdao (opened in 2009 as part of Canada's Global Commerce Strategy)
  • Shanghai
  • Shenyang (opened in 2009 as part of Canada's Global Commerce Strategy)
  • Shenzhen (opened in 2009 as part of Canada's Global Commerce Strategy)
  • Wuhan (opened in 2009 as part of Canada's Global Commerce Strategy)

Trade and Investment Promotion Initiatives

  • Canada-China Joint Economic and Trade Commission
Trade and Investment
Value (in millions of dollars)
 20122007
Canada’s merchandise exports to China$19,365.8$9,512.3
Canada’s merchandise imports from China$50,716$38,330.7
Canadian investment in China$4,239$2,745
Chinese investment in Canada$12,037$4,224