Strengthening Cyber Security to Protect Canada’s Natural Gas Distribution Systems

Cyber security is integral to safeguarding Canada’s citizens, information, economy and infrastructure. The need has never been greater as threats evolve and threaten to disrupt our daily lives.

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $104,000 investment in the Canadian Gas Association’s (CGA) Blue Flame Program to strengthen the cyber security of Canada’s natural gas delivery systems among its members.The Blue Flame Program will establish a system that will facilitate technical information sharing in near real-time between the Communications Security Establishment’s Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (Cyber Centre) and natural gas distribution companies. This two-way sharing system will increase the Cyber Centre’s view of the Canadian threat landscape, while providing guidance to participating member companies that will help reduce cyber vulnerabilities through more timely action and response to threats.

The cooperative project, which recently completed its pilot phase, is supported by Natural Resources Canada with contributions from CGA and its members, including Enbridge, SaskEnergy, Pacific Northern Gas and FortisBC. With the pilot project complete, CGA will work with its partners to build a sustainable Blue Flame Program that will provide the opportunity for additional participants to reap the benefits the early adopters have begun to see.

Federal funding for this project is provided by Natural Resources Canada’s Cyber Security and Critical Energy Infrastructure Program, which received $2.42 million in Budget 2018 to enhance the cyber security and resilience of domestic and cross-border energy infrastructure under Canada’s National Cyber Security Strategy.

As our society becomes increasingly digital, the Government of Canada must continue to assess emerging cyber security threats in order to keep Canada’s critical energy infrastructure safe. That’s why they are making cyber security a priority, through roughly $1 billion invested in cyber security since 2018 and by playing an active role in strengthening Canada’s cyber security.

Quick Facts

  • Cyber security is an ever-increasing concern for Canadians and businesses as the energy sector continues to be a key target for cyber threats.
  • Cyber security is a priority for all natural gas industry companies and is part of the industry’s commitment to safety and resiliency. CGA’s members employ strong security programs to protect their systems and work closely with government partners like Natural Resources Canada and the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security to share information and best practices.
  • Canada’s National Cyber Security Strategy (2018) brought a vision for security and prosperity in the digital age. It provided a new strategic direction for cyber security in Canada through raising the resiliency and security of Canadian systems, spanning both public and private IT infrastructure, introducing more innovative and adaptive capabilities and enhancing effective leadership, governance and collaboration.

Quotes

“We’re investing in cutting-edge technologies to protect Canada’s energy sector from cyber threats and keep our critical infrastructure secure.”
Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources

“Cyber security is a priority for Canada’s natural gas delivery industry and is a key component of the industry’s collective commitment to safety. The Canadian Gas Association and its members are pleased to be supported by Natural Resources Canada to develop the Blue Flame Program in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security. This program with the Cyber Centre will enhance the resilience and security of our energy systems and ensure Canadians continue to have access to the safe and reliable energy they depend on in their daily lives.”

Timothy M. Egan, President and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association and Chair, NGIF Capital Corporation


The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security has a unique understanding of the Canadian cyber threat landscape. By partnering with CGA, we are able to share our expertise to strengthen the security of gas delivery systems across Canada and ensure Canadians can depend on the critical infrastructure they need in their daily lives.”

Scott Jones, Head of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security

Related Information


About CGA
The Canadian Gas Association is the voice of Canada’s natural gas delivery industry. Its membership includes natural gas distribution and transmission companies, equipment manufacturers, and suppliers to the industry. Our utility members are active in eight provinces and one territory and meet 35 per cent of Canadians’ energy needs through a network of over 566,000 kilometers of underground infrastructure. This infrastructure can also be used to deliver renewable gases including renewable natural gas and hydrogen, in order to contribute to Canada’s greenhouse gas emission reductions. Today, over 7.2 million customer locations representing approximately two-thirds of Canadians, rely on natural gas for clean, affordable and reliable heating and power. CGA owns CGA Enterprises, which in turn owns NGIF Capital Corporation.

For more information contact:

Aysha Raad
Director, Communications
Canadian Gas Association
news@cga.ca

Natural Resources Canada
Media Relations
343-292-6100
NRCan.media.RNCan@canada.ca

Ian Cameron
Acting Director of Communications Advisor
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources
613-447-3488
Ian.Cameron@canada.ca

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