Canada is the sixth largest destination market for U.S. consulting services exports and the third largest source of imports of consulting services to the United States. According to Statistics Canada, the management, scientific and technical consulting services sector in Canada achieved operating revenue and operating expenses of $22.4 billion and $15.9 billion, respectively, in 2019.1 The operating profit across these consulting services was approximately $6.5 billion.
Based on the University of British Columbia’s analysis of consulting sales in 2017, the breakdown of services provided across the industry were divided between strategic management consulting (20.8%), financial management consulting services (10.6%), marketing management consulting services (5.5%), human resources management consulting services (12.0%), operations and supply chain management consulting services (4.2%), and other management consulting services (18.5%).2 In 2019, the share of consulting sales in Canada were attributed to purchases from domestic businesses (66.1%), governments, non-profit organizations and public institutions (15.3%), international clients (11.9%), and individuals and households (6.8%), according to Statistics Canada.3 In 2020, the number of Canadians classified as temporary workers in the professional, scientific, and technical services industry (which includes management consulting) was 78,500 – a figure that includes foreign professionals working as temporary consultants in the country, which is a small percentage of the total number of temporary workers.4
1 Statistics Canada, “Consulting Services, Summary Statistics,” February 11, 2021. Available: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/t1/tbl1/en/tv.action?pid=2110016601.
2 University of British Columbia: Small Business Accelerator Program, “Industry Overview: Management Consulting in Canada,” August 8, 2019. Available: https://sba.ubc.ca/blog/industry-overview-management-consulting-canada.
3 Statistics Canada, “Consulting Services, Summary Statistics,” February 11, 2021. Available: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/t1/tbl1/en/tv.action?pid=2110016601.
4 Statistics Canada, “Job Permanency (Permanent and Temporary) by Industry, Annual (x 1,000): Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services,” January 26, 2021. Available: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/t1/tbl1/en/tv.action?pid=1410007201&pickMembers%5B0%5D=1.1&pickMembers%5B1%5D=3.12&pickMembers%5B2%5D=4.1&pickMembers%5B3%5D=5.1&cubeTimeFrame.startYear=2016&cubeTimeFrame.endYear=2020&referencePeriods=20160101%2C20200101