Canadian Imports and Exports Exceed $5.4 Billion Per Year
Canada and Louisiana are intrinsically linked by a history that goes back to Louisiana’s very beginnings. In the mid-1700s, Louisiana became home to thousands of Acadians from Canada, and out of this migration blossomed the Cajun culture that Louisiana is known for today. More recently, the two places have partnered on important investments in technology, chemicals and other sectors.
Notable Canadian Projects in Louisiana
In April 2014, CGI announced the selection of Lafayette, Louisiana, for the establishment of a technology center that will create 400 direct jobs. The center will anchor the 143-acre University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette) Research Park and develop complex business and IT solutions for clients seeking a strategic technology partner. CGI selected Lafayette after a nearly two-year national search. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in an additional 405 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 800 new permanent jobs in Acadiana. A key part of the project includes a state-funded, 10-year, $4.5 million higher education initiative that will triple the number of undergraduate degrees awarded annually by UL Lafayette's School of Computing and Informatics. LED offered CGI a competitive incentive package that includes a performance-based grant of $5.3 million to reimburse personnel relocation, recruitment, training and building operating costs. CGI will also receive the comprehensive workforce solutions of LED FastStart® and is expected to utilize the state's Quality Jobs and Digital Interactive Media and Software Development incentives.
In July 2012, Methanex announced it will relocate a methanol production plant from Chile to a 225-acre site in Louisiana. In April 2013, the company announced it would relocate a second plant from Chile to Louisiana. Together, these projects will create 165 new jobs and $1.1 billion in capital investment.
“Our partnership with Lafayette represents a groundbreaking model for CGI – bringing together the local community to identify opportunities for innovation that can be applied globally, while tapping the talent and resources of Louisiana.”
Trade Between Canada and Louisiana
Canada was Louisiana’s third-largest export market in 2014, with over $3.3 billion in Louisiana exports there. Top Louisiana exports to Canada included mineral fuels ($1.0 billion), plastics ($787.5 million) and miscellaneous chemical products ($259.4 million). Louisiana was No. 3 in the U.S. in exports of plastics; No. 3 in inorganic chemicals; No. 5 in coffee, tea, mate, and spices; No. 6 in miscellaneous chemical products; and No. 7 in mineral fuels.
Louisiana also imports heavily from Canada: nearly $2.1 billion worth of goods in 2014, an increase of almost 25 percent from 2012. Top imports from Canada included mineral fuels ($704.5 million); nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances ($269.1 million); and organic chemicals ($205.3 million).
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Quality of Life, Arts and Culture
Festivals Acadiens et Créoles
Festivals Acadiens et Créoles is a music, food & craft festival held in Lafayette, Louisiana, that features the sounds, flavor and crafts of south Louisiana and celebrates the Cajun culture brought to Louisiana by the Acadians in 1755. Learn more here.
Louisiana State University has exchange programs with Brock University (St. Catharine’s), Laurentian University (Sudbury), Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops), University of Regina (Regina), and Universite Laval (Quebec).
Direct flights are available to Toronto via the New Orleans airport.