A Statistical Framework for Energy in Canada

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Release date: February 19, 2016


The objective of this document is to provide a current overview of energy statistics in Canada. It introduces the first Statistical Framework for Energy in Canada and functions as a guide that will help facilitate the strategic plan outlined for addressing priority elements in Canadian energy statistics.

The Statistical Framework for Energy in Canada encompasses three components: 1) energy supply and demand information comprising of volumetric data on energy production, distribution and consumption; 2) economic information and accounts as it relates to the energy sector and its sub-industries; and 3) environmental statistics and accounts which measure the effects of energy on the environment.

Statistics Canada and Natural Resources Canada gratefully acknowledge the input from various government departments, an expert working group of academics and a selection of external organizations active in the collection and use of energy statistics which have informed the development of this framework. Previous work on the issue of energy statistics and energy information, including a 2012 Report to Energy and Mines Ministers on Improving Energy Information in Canada, has also been used in the preparation of this framework.

The framework is intended to apply to energy statistics in Canada in general, with application across a broad range of stakeholders involved in the collection, dissemination and use of energy statistics, including provincial and territorial administrative and statistical agencies. In contrast, the strategic plan is focused on the Government of Canada. Continued consultations and comments on this document from stakeholders will be used to inform the further development of this statistical framework and determine the mechanisms to best address priority elements.

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