Canada’s pipelines: What the numbers tell us

We live in a world of numbers. GPS watches give us the distance of our morning jog, sports broadcasters have statistics for every player and businesses have access to market data at the click of a mouse. These numbers, when taken in context, help us evaluate and understand the world around us.

Numbers can also help us understand why pipelines are needed. CEPA recently updated its industry statistics based on information from its member companies. Take a look at some of the numbers and what they say about pipeline operations in Canada.

Pipelines deliver energy to Canadians

The numbers:

What the numbers tell us:

Pipelines are energy highways. Canadians need pipelines to deliver the energy we use to heat our homes, fuel our cars and manufacture the products we use every day. It would take 4,200 rail cars to move the crude oil that Canadian pipelines transport in one day. 

Pipelines contribute to Canada’s economy

The numbers:

In 2013, CEPA’s member companies . . .

  • Generated 13,600 full-time equivalent jobs
  • Invested more than $25 million in local communities
  • Spent almost $1.5 billion on local procurements ($112 million of this total was spent with Aboriginal suppliers)
  • Paid $ 1.1 billion in property and corporate taxes in Canada. 

One more number: $81.7 billion was the value of Canadian crude oil and natural gas exports in 2013 — most of which was transported by pipeline.

What the numbers tell us:

Pipeline companies contribute to the high standard of living Canadians enjoy by creating jobs and contributing to local communities. Plus, taxes paid by pipeline companies help fund important government services such as education and health care. Finally, pipelines deliver oil and gas exports to market, and these exports are instrumental to a strong and stable Canadian economy.

Pipelines transport energy safely

The numbers:

  • 99.9995 per cent of liquid product was transported safely by pipelines between 2002 and 2013.
  • More than $1.4 billion was spent on pipeline safety by CEPA members in 2013. That’s around $12,000 for each kilometre of pipeline.

What the numbers tell us:

These numbers demonstrate that the pipeline industry is committed to transporting energy safely and that companies are continuously investing in technologies to better maintain and monitor pipelines.

Our most important number: ZERO

The number one goal of the pipeline industry is to have zero pipeline-related incidents. CEPA’s members are working together through the CEPA Integrity First® program to drive towards this goal. Read more about CEPA Integrity First here.


The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies who operate approximately 115,000 kilometres of pipelines in Canada. In 2013, these energy highways moved approximately 1.2 billion barrels of liquid petroleum products and 5.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Our members transport 97 per cent of Canada’s daily natural gas and onshore crude oil from producing regions to markets throughout North America.