OTTAWA—Statistics Canada says merchandise exports grew 3.6 per cent and imports were up 2.1 per cent in February.
The agency says Canada’s trade balance with the world went to a surplus of $290-million in February from a deficit of $337-million in January.
The report says exports rose to $42.3-billion on the strength of motor vehicles and parts as well as energy products.
Imports grew to $42.1-billion on higher imports of energy products, motor vehicles and parts, as well as industrial machinery, equipment and parts.
Exports to the United States rose 4.4 per cent to $32.4-billion and imports increased 3.3 per cent to $28.1-billion as the trade surplus with the U.S. increased to $4.3-billion in February from $3.9-billion in January.
Exports to other countries were up 1.1 per cent to $9.9-billion while imports edged down 0.2 per cent to $14-billion, narrowing the trade deficit with those countries to $4-billion in February from $4.2-billion in January.