Leadership

Canada’s oil and natural gas industry has a long record of community engagement and investment based on consultation and mutual respect. Open, extensive and thorough engagement is an important part of all projects.

Reasons to love Canadian oil

Abundant, valuable and recoverable.

Canada is the fifth-largest oil producer in the world. The industry produces 3.8 million barrels per day. Our oil comes from both conventional and unconventional sources. Conventional oil reserves are recovered through an oil well – with a pump jack, for example. Canada has been producing this way for over a century. Today, there are roughly four billion barrels of conventional oil left to recover, located primarily in Alberta, Saskatchewan and off the shores of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Unconventional oil is much more abundant in Canada. There are roughly 168 billion barrels of unconventional oil yet to be recovered. Most of this oil is in the oil sands, which are a bit more complicated to extract from, compared to conventional oil. The oil is mixed with rock, sand and other substances, so it requires special technology for extraction. Fortunately, this technology is well-developed and the industry can now produce oil from the oil sands much easier.

So what happens to Canadian oil once it is out of the ground? Oil travels via pipeline to a refinery where it is turned into products like gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and plastic, among other everyday essentials. More than 30 per cent of Canadian oil is refined in Canada, with the rest being shipped mainly to refineries in the U.S.

  • Global demand creates an opportunity for Canadian oil to supply countries all over the world.
  • The oil sands are the future of Canada’s oil industry; they contain 97 per cent of Canada’s recoverable oil.
  • In Atlantic Canada, tankers safely move hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil every day and have done so for decades.

Sources: CAPP

Reasons to love Canadian natural gas

From heating our homes to cooking our breakfasts, Canada’s natural gas is an important part of day-to-day life.

Canada is the fifth-largest natural gas producer in the world. At current consumption levels, Canada’s resources can provide natural gas to consumers for the next 300 years. The industry produces 14.9 billion cubic feet (bcf) of natural gas per day. Canada has close to 1,100 trillion cubic feet of marketable natural gas resources. Natural gas deposits are found throughout the country.

Like oil, natural gas can be classified as either conventional or unconventional. Most of the gas produced in Canada over the past 100 years has been from conventional reserves, but new technologies have paved the way for producing unconventional sources like coalbed methane, tight gas and shale gas. Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling are two examples of these technologies.

Canada’s natural gas is used for electricity generation, heating buildings, powering household appliances and many other purposes. Natural gas also contains other useful components, such as natural gas liquids, which are used for oil recovery, transportation fuels and as raw materials for oil refineries.

  • Natural gas is an essential part of our everyday lives; it heats our homes, provides electricity and powers our appliances.
  • Natural gas is a high-efficiency fuel source that is 50 per cent cleaner than burning than coal.
  • Canada’s abundant natural gas reserves can provide Canadians with the energy they need for hundreds of years.

Sources: CAPP

Canadian energy leadership

Support oil and natural gas developed the Canadian way.

By 2040, global energy demand is expected to increase by 32 per cent. Developed and emerging nations will continue to rely on oil and natural gas to fuel the lives of their citizens. As a global energy leader, Canada is uniquely positioned to provide safe, secure and reliable energy here at home, and to the world.

Canada’s oil and natural gas industry has been built over several decades. The expertise and infrastructure developed over that time make Canada a global leader in energy production and transportation. With vast reserves yet to be developed, Canada offers reliable, long-term energy supplies with regulatory regimes that are subject to the rule of law and so free from the risks found in some other energy producing nations.

Additionally, Canada’s energy sector is dedicated to safe and sustainable development. Canadian oil and natural gas companies are subject to strict environmental regulations that are constantly being improved. Companies are also making a concerted effort to mitigate climate impacts, and are investing billions of dollars in technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Canada has a strong safety record for transporting oil and natural gas.
  • Canada has enough oil and gas reserves to meet demand here at home, and around the world.
  • Canadian energy companies take a proactive approach to climate change by developing and implementing technology for reducing carbon emissions.

Sources: CAPP

Pipelines

Support Canadian energy projects in development

Canada can be the supplier of choice for energy, both at home and abroad. We develop our resources responsibly, with a strong focus on safety and the environment. Our abundant natural resources make it possible for us to enjoy one of the highest qualities of life in the world. But first, we need to get our products to market. 

Pipelines provide a safe, cost-efficient way of transporting oil and natural gas, both within Canada and to new global markets. They are much-needed infrastructure which enable us to export our valuable natural resources with lower risk and fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Pipelines also offer the opportunity to meet our own needs, by bringing oil to Canadian provinces currently importing it from other countries.  

Without pipelines to diverse markets, Canada’s highly valuable resources remain tied to a single export customer, the United States, with higher cost means of transportation, limiting our ability to be a global energy leader and provide for our own needs here at home. Now, more than ever, we must show our support for all Canadian energy projects. Market access is vital to the wellbeing of our country. 

  • Canada can be the supplier of choice for energy, both at home and abroad. But first, we need to get our products to market. 
  • Pipelines are safe, cost-efficient means of oil and natural gas transportation and emit fewer greenhouse gases than alternate transportation methods. 
  • Now, more than ever, we must show our support for all Canadian energy projects. Market access is vital to the wellbeing of our country.