2015 Annual Electric Power Generating Stations Survey

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Environment, Energy and Transportation Statistics Division
Energy Section

Reporting Guide

This guide is designed to assist you as you complete the 2015 Annual Electric Power Generating Stations Survey. If you need more information, please call the Statistics Canada Help Line at the number below.

Help Line: 1-877-604-7828

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Your answers are confidential.

Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects which could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent or as permitted by the Statistics Act.

Statistics Canada will use information  from this survey for statistical and research purposes.

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General information
Business Status
Reporting Instructions
Station Name
Station Type
Station Latitude and Longitude
Stand-by Status
Principal Fuel or Water Source
Station Detail

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General Information

Survey purpose

The purpose of this survey is to obtain information on the electricity generating capacity in Canada. This information is used by all levels of government in establishing informed policies in the energy area. In the case of public utilities, it is used by government agencies to fulfill their regulatory responsibilities. The private sector also uses this information in the corporate decision-making process. Your information may also be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes.

Data-sharing agreements

To reduce respondent burden, Statistics Canada has entered into data-sharing agreements with provincial and territorial statistical agencies and other government organizations, which have agreed to keep the data confidential and use them only for statistical purposes. Statistics Canada will only share data from this survey with those organizations that have demonstrated a requirement to use the data.

Section 11 of the Statistics Act provides for the sharing of information with provincial and territorial statistical agencies that meet certain conditions. These agencies must have the legislative authority to collect the same information, on a mandatory basis, and the legislation must provide substantially the same provisions for confidentiality and penalties for disclosure of confidential information as the Statistics Act. Because these agencies have the legal authority to compel businesses to provide the same information, consent is not requested and businesses may not object to the sharing of the data.

For this survey, there are Section 11 agreements with the provincial and territorial statistical agencies of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and the Yukon.

The shared data will be limited to information pertaining to business establishments located within the jurisdiction of the respective province or territory.

Section 12 of the Statistics Act provides for the sharing of information with federal, provincial or territorial government organizations. Under Section 12, you may refuse to share your information with any of these organizations by writing a letter of objection to the Chief Statistician and returning it with the completed questionnaire. Please specify the organizations with which you do not want to share your data.

For this survey, there are Section 12 agreements with the statistical agencies of Prince Edward Island, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, as well as with Alberta Energy, the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines, the British Columbia Ministry of Natural Gas Development, the National Energy Board, Natural Resources Canada and Environment Canada.

For agreements with provincial and territorial government organizations, the shared data will be limited to information pertaining to business establishments located within the jurisdiction of the respective province or territory.

Record linkages

To enhance the data from this survey and to minimize the reporting burden, Statistics Canada may combine it with information from other surveys or from administrative sources.

Business Status

If your business is currently in operation, select “yes” to question 1 and go to page 4. However if your business is not is operation, please indicate why and answer the applicable questions (pages 2 & 3).

Reporting Instructions

This schedule is to be completed and returned within 20 days to Statistics Canada, Operations and Integration Division, 150 Tunney’s Pasture Driveway, Ottawa, ON K1A 0T6.  If you require assistance in the completion of this questionnaire or have any questions regarding this survey, please contact us:
Telephone: 1-877-604-7828
Fax: 1-888-883-7999.

All additions, deletions and revisions for the year 2015 should be made directly on the accompanying print-out.

  • Only report generating stations in which this company is the majority or sole owner.
  • Review all information associated with each generating station and indicate any additions, deletions and revisions on the pre-filled print-out.
  • If a new generating station was commissioned during the reference year of this survey, please complete all the questions on the form provided.
  • If a generating station is no longer in operation, please write “decommissioned” by the station name.
  • Name-plate rating should be reported except where, due to permanent changes (such as an upgrade or a replacement), they would be inappropriate.
  • Data completed by Statistics Canada includes: RespID, Business Number, NAICS (North America Industrial Classification System) and SIC.
  • If the information requested is unknown, please provide your best estimate.


Does this business have any installed electricity generation capacity? If “yes” then complete the Capacity by type of electricity generation section. If “no” then the survey is complete and you are finished.

  • Capacity by type of electricity generation: please indicate the “Total” quantity in kilowatts by type of electricity generation.


Indicate any changes or events that may have affected the reported values for this business compared to the last reporting period (mark all that apply).

Station Name

Each station should be reported separately, as applicable. Indicate the name of the station. Also indicate the provincial location of each station.

Station Type

Indicate which type of station is present – Combustion Turbine, Hydraulic (Hydro) Turbine, Internal Combustion Turbine, Solar, Nuclear Steam Turbine, Conventional Steam Turbine, Tidal Power Turbine or Wind Power Turbine.

Station Latitude and Longitude

If known please indicate as applicable.

Standby Status

If this station is a standby facility (a unit whose operation is not part of the planned load), please write “yes”.
If this station is not a standby facility, please write “no”.

Principal Fuel or Water Source

Indicate the “primary” fuel used at this station. In the case of Hydro stations, name the river or lake utilized.
If this is a co-generation facility and the steam turbine is operated using recaptured waste heat, please indicate “steam” as the fuel source.

Station Detail

Indicate the station unit ID name and or unit number, the commission year of the unit, the unit’s capacity and total capacity of the station (report capacity in kilowatts).

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