Vermont

It may be emblematic of the strong personal bonds between Vermonters and their northern neighbour that they sell each other tens of millions of dollars worth of chocolate every year. But sweets and cross-border tourism are just a small part of the thriving two-way relationship.

6,900+

jobs supported

$1 billion

total exports

$914 million

goods exports

$112 million

services exports

Top goods exports:
  • Semiconductors and components: $455 million
  • Pulp, wood and engineered wood: $103 million
  • Dairy, sugar and confectionary: $92 million
Top services exports:
  • Transportation and travel: $71 million
  • Business and professional: $16 million
  • Technology and equipment repair: $9 million

Friends and economic partners

Canada is Vermont’s top destination for exported goods. Nearly 40 percent of its goods exports go to Canada – more than the next five leading foreign destinations combined.

Vermont’s economy is rapidly transitioning from traditional industries, such as forest products and agriculture, to the rapidly expanding technology sector. And trade with Canada reflects the shift. Vermont’s leading exports to Canada are semi-conductors and related components — a market worth nearly half a billion dollars in 2020. Canada is also a growing customer of Vermont technology services.

Canada, in turn, supplies a range of imports that are essential to Vermont’s economy, including electricity, light oils, liquified propane, natural gas, electronic processors and controllers, valves, turbojets and aerospace parts, and softwood lumber.

Canadian-owned firms employed 1,800 workers in Vermont in 2018. Among them are: Montreal-based suit maker Peerless Clothing, which has a 1-million sq. ft. distribution centre in St. Alban’s, VT, maple syrup products maker Highland Sugarworks in Websterville, VT., Green Mountain Power, Vermont Gas Systems, Irving Oil, TD Bank, and valve manufacturer Velan Valve in Williston, VT.

What supporters are saying

“This new trade deal is a significant improvement over NAFTA, which is important because Canada is Vermont’s top trade partner. It will help Vermont businesses and expand access for Vermont dairy farmers to Canadian markets. It will also strengthen intellectual property protections, fair trade and environmental standards, and lead to better infrastructure to transport goods through the New England region and beyond.”

Governor Phil Scott (R-VT), December 11, 2019

“[USMCA] is a victory for America’s workers. If we can raise labor and environmental standards that apply across the board, that’s a very good thing. And it’s important for Vermont.”

Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT-At-large District), December 13, 2019

Spotlight on Canadian business

Building a branch network and communities across the state

TD Bank is the second largest bank (based on deposits) and the No. 2 Small Business Administration lender in the state. It has 42 branches and ATMs across Vermont. TD Bank, owned by Canada’s Toronto-Dominion Bank, is among the 10 largest banks in the U.S., serving nine million Americans at more than 1,200 branches throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Washington, DC, the Carolinas and Florida.

In Vermont, TD supports a range of community initiatives and charities, including affordable housing, mental health and urban tree planting. In 2018, TD is provided a $3.5 million line of credit to NeighborWorks, which subsidizes down payments and second mortgages for disadvantaged residents in Western Vermont. It has also donated tens of thousands of dollars to Howard House in Burlington to support transitional housing for young adults receiving developmental support. And it granted the City of Burlington $20,000 for urban greening and tree planting projects.

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Notes:
Top goods exports:
  • Semiconductors and components: $455 million
  • Pulp, wood and engineered wood: $103 million
  • Dairy, sugar and confectionary: $92 million
Top services exports:
  • Transportation and travel: $71 million
  • Business and professional: $16 million
  • Technology and equipment repair: $9 million