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Canadian international trade in services, July 2022

Released: 2022-09-07

Canada's monthly international trade in services deficit widened from $1.2 billion in June to $1.8 billion in July. Overall, imports of services increased 3.7% to $14.4 billion, while exports edged down 0.1% to $12.7 billion.

To explore the most recent results of Canada's international trade in services in an interactive format, see the International trade monthly interactive dashboard.

Chart 1  Chart 1: International trade in services
International trade in services

Imports of travel services rose 20.5% to $3.1 billion in July, a sixth consecutive monthly increase. The increase in July was primarily due to more Canadians travelling to US destinations. Meanwhile, exports of travel services were up 3.6% from June to $2.3 billion in July. In July, imports (-32.5%) and exports (-3.7%) of travel services remained below their levels in February 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Imports of commercial services were up 2.1% to $8.2 billion in July. Exports of commercial services declined 1.1% to $8.6 billion, on lower exports of financial services.

Imports of transportation services were down 4.9% to $3.0 billion in July, largely due to lower payments related to the marine shipment of goods. Exports of transportation services were essentially unchanged at $1.6 billion.

Chart 2  Chart 2: International trade in services, imports
International trade in services, imports

Chart 3  Chart 3: International trade in services, exports
International trade in services, exports

Chart 4  Chart 4: International trade in services, balances
International trade in services, balances

Meanwhile, total exports of goods declined 2.8% to $68.3 billion in July, and total imports of goods were down 1.8% to $64.2 billion, resulting in a surplus of $4.1 billion. Combined, the trade balance for goods and services amounted to a $2.3 billion surplus in July, a $1.4 billion decline from June.

Chart 5  Chart 5: International trade in goods and services, July 2022
International trade in goods and services, July 2022

The services trade deficit in June, originally reported at $1.3 billion in the previous release, was revised down to $1.2 billion with the release of the July 2022 reference month data. Exports of services were revised down by $104 million, mainly due to a downward revision to commercial services. Imports of services were revised down by $155 million, as downward revisions to commercial services and travel services were partially offset by an upward revision to transportation services. The revisions reflected in the July 2022 data are primarily due to the integration of quarterly benchmark data from the balance of payments for the second quarter of 2022, as well as revisions to the data for the first quarter of 2022.

  Note to readers

COVID-19 and additional data sources

Circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic pose issues for the production of monthly international trade in services statistics, particularly for travel and transportation services.

To better capture the effects of the pandemic, Statistics Canada is incorporating data from the Canada Border Services Agency's primary inspection kiosks into its monthly international trade-in-services program. These are electronic customs declaration kiosks that have been installed in most major Canadian airports. While these data represent only a subset of total travellers, they provide relevant and timely insights.

Further information on the estimation methodology is available upon request.

Next release

Data on Canadian international trade in services for August will be released on October 5.


The updated Canada and the World Statistics Hub (Catalogue number13-609-X) is available online. It illustrates the nature and extent of Canada's economic and financial relationship with the world using interactive charts and tables. This product provides easy access to information on trade, investment, employment and travel between Canada and a number of countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, China, Japan, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain.

The Methodological Guide: Canadian System of Macroeconomic Accounts (Catalogue number13-607-X) is available.

The User Guide: Canadian System of Macroeconomic Accounts (Catalogue number13-606-G) is also available. This publication will be updated to maintain its relevance.

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