In 2015, Canada's Gross Domestic Product in US Dollars was approximately $1.6 Trillion and the population of Canada was approximately 36 Million. With a shared border, a common language (in the west) and historically positive relations, Canada could represent a fertile trading ground for United States-based companies.
In November 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new Form I-9 for all employers to use when hiring new employees. Starting January 22, 2017, all employers must use this new Form I-9, which has been referenced as a "smart" form because it can be filled out online and includes drop-down menus, hover text with instructions, and error messages. Failure to use the new Form I-9 beginning January 22, 2017, may result in civil fines.