Walking the Silk Road: Understanding Canada’s Changing Trade Patterns
The Conference Board of Canada, 19 pages
December 19, 2012
Canada’s trading patterns have changed fundamentally over the past decade, in terms of markets, barriers, and products and services traded. This briefing examines these trends and key factors affecting them.
Canada’s trading patterns have changed fundamentally over the past decade. The Canadian–U.S. trade relationship is waning in importance, while emerging markets, particularly China, are becoming increasingly important. Also, our trade strengths are shifting away from some manufactured products toward professional services and products related to our natural resource wealth. These changes are not just the result of the strong dollar; the growing role of emerging markets and shrinking trade barriers are key drivers. This briefing examines these changes and a wide array of factors affecting them.