OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says the country's international travel deficit rose by $91 million to $4.2 billion in the second quarter, as higher spending by Canadians abroad offset spending by foreigners here.
The agency says Canadians spent $8.5 billion outside the country in the second quarter, up 1.5 per cent from the first quarter.
Meanwhile, spending by foreign visitors increased 0.8 per cent to $4.4 billion, the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2004.
The travel deficit with the United States increased by $45 million to $3.3 billion in the second quarter, as Canadians spent 1.3 per cent more south of the border.
American travellers spent $1.9 billion in Canada, up 1.3 per cent from the previous quarter and the highest amount since the fourth quarter of 2008.
Canadian travellers overseas spent $3.4 billion in the second quarter, up 1.7 per cent from the previous quarter, while spending by overseas visitors rose 0.4 per cent to $2.5 billion.