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Canada’s Natural Gas Distribution Industry at a Glance

Natural gas is a naturally occurring petroleum found in sedimentary basins. Natural gas consists primarily of methane, with lesser amounts of ethane, propane, butane, pentanes and heavier hydrocarbons.

Natural gas is produced by bringing it to the surface using wells. Gathering systems bring the natural gas to processing plants. Click here to read more about natural gas supply.

Natural gas is transported by pipeline from processing plants in producing areas in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan to distribution pipeline systems throughout Canada.

Natural gas is delivered to over 6 million customers by Canada’s natural gas distribution companies. Over half of all Canadians rely on natural gas every day in their homes, businesses and industry. Click here to learn more about Canada’s natural gas distribution industry.

Natural gas is a smart energy choice for:

  • Heating space and water – Efficient natural gas technologies can be “right sized” for any building.
  • Generating electricity – For power generation, natural gas is clean, available on-demand, and a reliable partner for renewable generation like wind and solar.
  • Industrial processes: Natural gas is ideal for industrial processes – like for generating heat or steam and for use in combined heat and power systems.
  • Transportation: For heavy duty transport vehicles and for return to base fleet vehicles like garbage trucks and busses, natural gas is a clean and economic choice.

Canada’s natural gas pipeline system totals approximately 480,000 kilometres. Natural gas pipelines are a safe and efficient way to transport natural gas to customers


Natural Gas Statistics

$2.98 billion

That’s how much Canada’s natural gas distribution industry invested in 2011 in the transmission and distribution pipeline system.