Canadian Energy Sources and Global Demand

Energy fuels our lives, and Canada's oil and natural gas industry is continuously striving to meet that need in an environmental and socially responsible way through supporting new innovation and technology.

Energy Security

The world’s need for energy – from all sources – is expanding. As more people in developing and emerging economies rise out of poverty and improve their standards of living, global demand grows for energy and everyday products made from oil and natural gas. The world will need more energy in all forms, including oil and natural gas.  

Energy security is the foundational pillar of all the things that are essential to humans across the globe; national or continental security, economic security and even food security.  

A vast supply of oil and gas has been made unavailable to much of the western world through constraints as well as global sanctions against Russian energy. If Canada can get more energy resources to market, displacing sources from oppressive regimes this next era could position Canada as a global energy leader providing lower-emission energy around the world for decades. 

Canada’s Energy Mix

Canada is rich in natural resources. Our country has many different energy sources: oil, natural gas, coal, hydroelectricity, nuclear and more. This energy is used for various purposes, such as heating homes, fueling vehicles, generating electricity and more.

Some parts of Canada have the resources to produce electricity from large rivers, waterfalls or tides, while other areas are rich in oil and natural gas. Similarly, consistent wind in some regions makes large-scale electricity generation possible, while other regions can tap geothermal energy. Reliable and affordable energy for Canadians depends on a diverse mix of energy sources.

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Transportation and Infrastructure

Canada’s oil and natural gas producers continue to find new markets for their expanding production. Natural gas and oil products are mainly transported using three different ways: pipelines, marine tankers and rail.

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Energy Markets

Diversifying markets for Canada’s oil and natural gas production is vital to ensure Canada receives full value for its natural resources, and to ensure the industry continues to support Canadian jobs, government revenues and contributions to Canada’s GDP.

Energy Facts

A handy list of frequently asked questions and answers regarding Canada’s oil and natural gas industry.