CEPA 2020 Performance Report: Canadian energy. For a responsible future.

Every year in the fall, the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) releases its annual report showing how Canada’s transmission pipeline industry performed in the previous year.

The report covers performance against critical measures, including safety, environmental protection and socio-economic contributions. It’s those measures that lead to the safe and responsible delivery of the energy that Canada and the world need.

In this week’s blog post, we share a few highlights from CEPA’s 2020 Transmission Pipeline Industry Performance Report. If you’re curious about the industry’s performance in Canada and want to learn more, we invite you to read the interactive report.


CEPA members continue to lead in responsible energy transportation


Canadian natural gas and oil pipelines are among the most responsible in the world. That’s thanks to CEPA members’ focus on safety and the environment, and ongoing collaboration and best practices facilitated through programs like Integrity First. We’re also especially proud of Canada’s role as a global “ESG” leader… referring to its environment, social and governance performance.

In 2019, the total distance of CEPA members’ pipelines in Canada was 118,500 kilometres (that’s the same as circling the world three times). Our members safely transported over 5.6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 1.7 billion barrels of crude oil. And, as the energy we use transitions to lower-emission fuel sources, pipelines will play an even bigger role in the energy future for both Canada and the world.


10 highlights of the 2020 performance report


  1. Significant pipeline incidents decreased in 2019, from six to one (a natural gas incident). One liquids incident, which was not classified as ‘significant’, spilled 9.4 barrels, all of which were recovered.
  2. CEPA members’ activities generated 13,434 full-time equivalent jobs across Canada in 2019 (direct employment, including employees and contractors).
  3. In 2019, CEPA members contributed $1.7 billion to government tax revenues, including income, property, motor fuel and carbon taxes.
  4. $943 million of CEPA members’ tax contributions went to municipalities across Canada. In many rural municipalities with transmission pipelines, the pipeline industry is the largest single contributor to municipal taxes.
  5. In 2019, CEPA members invested $47.3 million in community initiatives across Canada, in areas such as safety, environment and educational programs, including $3.7 million in Indigenous communities.
  6. CEPA members spent $2.9 billion in 2019 to obtain personnel, services, supplies and equipment from local sources, including $528 million from Indigenous suppliers.
  7. CEPA members held 393 emergency response exercises in 2019, ranging from emergency drills to full-scale exercises.
  8. CEPA members spent more than $1.5 billion in 2019 to maintain and monitor their Canadian pipeline systems.
  9. There were 38,937 kilometres of in-line inspection runs on pipelines, using highly sophisticated tools, such as “smart pigs.”
  10. CEPA members performed 2,020 integrity digs to examine pipelines for suspected defects and make repairs.


Natural gas and oil meet about 60 per cent of the world’s current energy needs. And, while the proportion of energy production from alternative sources is rising, International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts indicate natural gas and oil could still provide more than 50 per cent of the world’s energy in 2040. That means responsible natural gas and oil will continue to matter for a long time – as will the pipelines that transport them.

Canada boasts some of the best ESG practices in the world. And CEPA is proud to be an integral part of Canada’s responsible energy future.

Read the full report now.