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Secondary distributors of refined petroleum products, 2016

Released: 2017-11-09

Secondary distributors sold 32.5 billion litres of refined petroleum products in Canada in 2016. The refined petroleum products reported in this survey include motor gasoline (50.5%), diesel fuel oil (40.0%), light fuel oil (7.3%) and heavy fuel oil (2.2%).

Motor gasoline

Secondary distributors sold 16.4 billion litres of motor gasoline in 2016, including 2.6 billion litres resold to other distributors. Gasoline stations received the bulk (92.1%) of the 13.8 billion litres sold to end users.

Customers in Quebec and Ontario accounted for two-thirds (66.6%) of motor gasoline sales.

Diesel fuel oil

Secondary distributors sold 13.0 billion litres of diesel fuel oil in 2016, including 3.0 billion litres resold to other distributors. Gas stations (30.0%), road transportation (19.1%), agriculture (15.7%) and construction (11.6%) received most of the 10.0 billion litres sold to end users.

Customers in Quebec and Ontario accounted for just over half (51.0%) of diesel fuel oil sales.

Light fuel oil

Secondary distributors sold 2.4 billion litres of light fuel oil (heating oil) in 2016, including 0.9 billion litres resold to other distributors. The majority (83.7%) of the remaining 1.5 billion litres was distributed to residential customers.

Heavy fuel oil

In 2016, secondary distributors sold 0.7 billion litres of heavy fuel oil. Marine transport, manufacturers, and electric power generation were the primary customer types.

  Note to readers

Secondary distributors of refined petroleum products are commercial entities that act as buyers and resellers between the supplier and end user of refined petroleum products.

Secondary distributors include wholesalers and dealers of refined petroleum products.

The Annual Survey of Secondary Distributors of Refined Petroleum Products collects sales data for four fuel types: motor gasoline, diesel fuel oil, light fuel oil (heating oil) and heavy fuel oil.

The Annual Survey of Secondary Distributors of Refined Petroleum Products is now administered as part of Statistics Canada's Integrated Business Statistics Program (IBSP). Detailed information about the IBSP is available from the Behind the data module of our website.

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Data from the Annual Survey of Secondary Distributors of Refined Petroleum Products are combined with refinery data from the Annual Survey on End-Use of Refined Petroleum Products and integrated into Statistics Canada's Annual Report on Energy Supply and Demand and CANSIM table 128-0017.

Data are subject to revision.

Contact information

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