Gas Facts

Industry at a glance

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Indicator 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
Natural gas resource base
(trillions of cubic feet)
1,268 1,273 1,135 1,135 1,141 855
Natural gas final demand
(% of final energy demand)
35.2 34.1 35.2 35.4 34 32.6 32.8 30.7 31.3 31.2 30.9 29.8
Number of active customers (installed gas meters in use) 7,179,207 7,054,330 6,843,132 6,761,200 6,658,342 6,538,843 6,442,362 6,341,256 6,243,777 6,150,307 6,063,003 5,950,100 5,817,743
Kilometres of pipeline (kilometres) 570,642 550,452 456,657 454,256 451,019 445,842 441,907 437,276 431,039 427,836 421,589 413,632 410,161
Natural gas sales in Canada
(trillions of cubic feet)
3.590 3.339 3.134 3.102 3.109 3.007 2.895 2.806 2.637 2.659 2.648 2.602 2.451
Natural gas exports
(trillions of cubic feet)
2.835 2.990 2.895 2.763 2.754 2.912 3.118 3.274 3.376 3.363 3.672 3.844 3.606
Average residential gas use
(cubic metres per year)
2,424 2,444 2,468 2,499 2,462 2,460 2,489 2,486 2,584 2,626 2,675 2,719 2,835
Average residential gas bill
($/year)
$982 $1,061 $1,038 $1,104 $1,179 $1,035 $981 $1048 $1,099 $1,153 $1,399 $1,309 $1,450
Sector employment
(full-time persons)
16,916 16,972 15,978 14,361 15,642 16,597 16,795 15,914 15,086 15,994 15,901 16,579 15,827
10-yr Capital Investment
($ Cdn millions)
$21,674 $21,203 $20,445 $19,029 $17,059 $15,739 $14,785 $13,133 $12,349 $11,677 $10,997 $10,570 $10,101
CGA New Capital & O&M
Spending
($ Cdn millions)
4,945 $4,464 $4,036 $4,019 $3,729 $3,518 $3,313 $3,023 $2,778 $2,725 $2,699 $2,494 $2,261
GDP of NG distribution sector
($Cdn 2012 millions)
$5,030 $4,699 $4,516 $4,731 $4,894 $4,562 $4,859 $4,415 $3,974 $4,099 $4,008 $3,783 $3,544
Delivered cost of natural gas
($ per gigajoule GJ)
$7.91 $8.75 $8.27 $8.19 $8.76 $8.10 $8.16 $8.67 $9.51 $10.33 $11.62 $11.37 $10.91
GHG emissions of NG Delivery
(Mt CO2eq)
9.851 10.132 10.016 10.258 9.438 8.054 8.215 8.056 8.921 9.854 11.490 12.143

Sources: CGA, CEPEI, Statistics Canada

For more information on Canada’s Natural Gas Distribution industry please contact:

Saad Sarfraz
Manager, Energy and Cleantech Analytics