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 35%. The United States’ share is decreasing, from 64% to 49%, 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 four 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 52% share in the region.

Canadian Inward Foreign Direct Investment from the World
(C$ millions)
United States50,36884,089193,651369,482388,336404,473
Other North America*8721,6743,19727,69223,85626,743
South and Central America10328172419,85919,86519,196
Other Regions***20171550116,6745,0988,494

Source: Statistics Canada Table 36-10-0008-01 "International investment position, Canadian direct investment abroad and foreign direct investment in Canada, by country, annual (x 1,000,000), June 25, 2018; 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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