Canadian Inward Foreign Direct Investment from the World

The stock of foreign direct investment in Canada has increased more than fivefold since 1990. The proportion of the total accounted for by Europe has steadily increased from 28% to 37%. The United States’ share is decreasing, from 64% to 47%, while Asia's share has increased slightly from 6% to 9%. There is an important similarity between the inward and outward stocks – Bermuda (one of the top three countries of both inward and outward investment) is Canada's largest source country of inward investment in the Other North America region, which accounts for a 46% share in the region.

Canadian Inward Foreign Direct Investment from the World
(C$ millions)
 198019902000201420152016
United States50,36884,089193,651351,788369,977392,071
Europe12,43436,400107,028275,893289,319307,378
Other North America*8721,6743,19712,52020,37621,596
Asia**7307,77314,01567,93571,08175,700
South and Central America10328172420,12122,24124,195
Other Regions***20171550116,41416,0184,764
       
Total64,708130,932319,116744,671789,012825,704

Source: Adapted from the Statistics Canada CANSIM database http://cansim2.statcan.gc.ca, CANSIM Table 376-0051; the Statistics Canada Website on the National Economic Accounts module, http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a26?lang=eng&retrLang=eng&id=3760051&paSer=&pattern=&stByVal=1&p1=1&p2=-1&tabMode=dataTable&csid=; May 23, 2017; 1980 figures are adapted from Statistics Canada, Canada’s International Investment Position, 2001, Catalogue No. 67-202-XIB 2001000 2001 March 27, 2002.

Statistics Canada information is used with the permission of Statistics Canada.

Notes: Data used to produce this chart reflect the stock of foreign direct investment abroad held by Canadians. Stock refers to the magnitude of investment that has accumulated over time, as opposed to the flow of new investment made in a given period.
* Includes Mexico and islands between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
** Includes Asia up to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, plus Australia and New Zealand.
*** Data for the Middle East, which Statistics Canada includes in its Asia aggregate, has been included instead in the ‘Other Regions’ category.

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