The agency says the level of foreign direct investment in Canada grew at a similar rate of 5.8 per cent, mainly on higher investment from Europe and the United States.
Canadian direct investment abroad expanded by $37 billion to $711.6 billion in 2012, while at the same time foreign direct investment in Canada advanced $34.6 billion to $633.9 billion.
Canada's net direct investment asset position edged up to $77.7 billion in 2012.
The United States remained the top destination for Canadian direct investment in 2012, as the asset position in that country was up $15.3 billion to $289.4 billion at the end of the year.
Canadian firms also added $6.7 billion to their investment position in the United Kingdom, the second-largest destination for Canadian investment with a total position of $86.8 billion at the end of 2012.