Requests for information – Energy

Under the authority of the Statistics Act, Statistics Canada is hereby requesting the following information, which will be used solely for statistical and research purposes and will be protected in accordance with the provisions of the Statistics Act and any other applicable law. This is a mandatory request for data.

Crude oil and natural gas

Volumes of crude oil and natural gas production in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba

What information is being requested?

Statistics Canada is requesting information on facility types including: Battery (BT), Oil Sands Processing Plant (OS), Well Production (PROD), Tank Terminal (TM), Pipeline (PL), Gas Gathering Systems (GS), Gas Plant (GP), Flare (FLARE), Vented (VENT), Shrinkage (SHR) and Fuel (FUEL).

Definitions:

Battery (BT) A battery is a facility where production from a well or group of wells is controlled. A battery may have equipment for separating, treating, cleaning and/or storing petroleum products.

Oil Sands Processing Plant (OS) A facility for obtaining crude bitumen from oil sands that have been recovered, or for obtaining oil sands products from oil sands, crude bitumen or by-products of crude bitumen that have been recovered. This does not include a central processing facility.

Well Production (PROD) An operator will use a PROD code to report the volume of product produced from a well. Information on where the products are received from/delivered to must identify the well the products were produced from. The well must be linked to the facility (per infrastructure).

Pipeline (PL) A pipeline is a transportation facility consisting of a network of interconnected pipes operated by a Business Associate (BA) for the purpose of moving products.

Tank Terminal (TM) A facility used to receive liquids from trucks or pipelines for further disposition.
Gas Plant (GP) A gas plant is a facility maintained and operated for the purpose of processing raw gas into residue gas, liquids and sulphur, in order to meet specifications required for the purpose of sale and pipeline transmission.

Gas Gathering System (GS) A gas gathering system is a facility consisting of gas lines used to move products from one facility to another. It may include compressors and/or line heaters.

Flare (FLARE) An operator will use the FLARE code to show the volume of gas flared during well or facility operations. The operator of the facility will identify where the flare occurred by entering the well identifier in received from/delivered to. If the flare occurred at the facility location then received from/delivered to does not have to be completed.

Vented (VENT) An operator uses the VENT code to report the stock tank vapour volume that is not gathered and/or the volume of product vented at a well or facility. The operator of the facility will identify where venting occurred by entering the well identifier in received from/delivered to. This includes a gas blow down at the wellhead. If the venting occurred at the facility location then received from/delivered to does not have to be completed.

Shrinkage (SHR) An operator uses an SHR code to report the gas equivalent of each product that the facility processed. The Registry will calculate the gas equivalent volume using gas equivalent factors for all products excluding sulphur.

Fuel (FUEL) An operator uses the FUEL code to show the volume of gas they used for fuel during the operations of the well or facility. The operator of the facility will identify where the fuel was consumed by entering the well identifier in received from/delivered to. If the fuel consumption is at the facility location, then received from/delivered to does not have to be completed.

The requested data will complement data already acquired by Statistics Canada.

What personal information is included in this request?

This request does not contain any personal information.

What years of data will be requested?

Data from June 2021 and onward will be requested.

From whom will the information be requested?

This data are is being requested from provincial and territorial public administrations on crude oil and natural gas.

Why is this information being requested?

The requested information will be used for advanced estimates to the Monthly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) program and CCEI. Access to this data allows Statistics Canada to fill important gaps caused by the timeliness of the data currently received.

Data can be used by policy makers, researchers, and industry stakeholders to makes decisions regarding Canadian oil and gas extraction.

Statistics Canada may also use the information for other statistical and research purposes.

Why were these organizations selected as data providers?

Provincial and territorial public administrations collect and maintain up to date data on movements of hydrocarbons across several provinces, and are currently the most accessible source for this information.

When will this information be requested?

This information will be requested in June 2021 and onward (monthly).

When was this request published?

May 13, 2021

Electricity and renewable energy

Hydro Supplier Data

What information is being requested?

The information being requested includes service address information (address of building consuming hydro), hydro meter addresses (usually provided as latitude and longitude coordinates), whether the meter is active or not, and the type of customer at the address (residential or other).

What personal information is included in this request?

This request does not include personal information.

What years of data will be requested?

Monthly data beginning with January 2021.

From whom will the information be requested?

This information is being requested from SaskPower and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro.

Why is this information being requested?

Statistics Canada will use the requested data to enhance the quality of the Statistical Building Register maintained by the Agency, which will support the Census of Population and other statistical programs that may use the Statistical Building Register as a survey frame and allow them to provide better statistical information to Canadians.

The Hydro Supplier data will help increase the coverage and classification of buildings and building units in the Statistical Building Register, particularly in rural areas of Canada.

The Census and other statistical programs will benefit from the data by using it to conduct their collection operations more efficiently and maximize the quality of the data collected.

Why were these organizations selected as data providers?

SaskPower and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro were selected as data providers because both organizations deliver hydro services to physical locations and maintain service addresses in their records, thus being the best suited source of information to improve coverage and quality of the Statistical Building Register in rural areas of Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador.

When will this information be requested?

Monthly data beginning with January 2021.

What Statistics Canada programs will primarily use these data?

Census of Population – Census Program
Statistics Canada conducts the Census of Population in order to develop a statistical portrait of our country and its people every five years. The census gathers a range of information on all aspects of Canadian life to help shape our economy and society.
Statistical Building Register - Data Integration Infrastructure Division
The Statistical Building Register is a comprehensive inventory of all residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and government buildings in Canada, organized by an appropriate building classification and populated with relevant information such as addresses, geo localization, and building type. It will replace Statistics Canada's Address Register that covers only private and collective dwellings and has limited coverage in very rural or remote areas.

When was this request published?

December 17, 2020

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