Monthly Oil and Other Liquid Petroleum Products Pipeline Survey

Detailed information for October 2016





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This monthly survey collects data on the activities of Canadian establishments primarily engaged in operating crude oil pipeline transportation system.

Data release - December 20, 2016 (First in a series of releases for this reference period.)


This monthly survey covers the activities of all pipelines in Canada receiving and delivering crude oils, liquefied petroleum gases (propane, butane and ethane) and refined petroleum products. It includes pipelines that operate within provincial boundaries and those that cross provincial and national boundaries. This data is required for integration into the input-output table of the Canadian System of National Accounts. Data is made available under the authority of the Statistics Act to other federal departments and provincial authorities through data sharing agreements subject to embodied principles of data confidentiality. Data is also intended for use by survey respondents, industry associations, industry analysts, and the general public.

Statistical activity

The survey is administered as part of the Integrated Business Statistics Program (IBSP). The IBSP program has been designed to integrate approximately 200 separate business surveys into a single master survey program. The IBSP aims at collecting industry and product detail at the provincial level while minimizing overlap between different survey questionnaires. The redesigned business survey questionnaires have a consistent look, structure and content. The integrated approach makes reporting easier for firms operating in different industries because they can provide similar information for each branch operation. This way they avoid having to respond to questionnaires that differ for each industry in terms of format, wording and even concepts. The combined results produce more coherent and accurate statistics on the economy.

Reference period: Month

Collection period: We expect the collection date to be 15 days after the reference period (e.g. February 1st to February 15th for the January reference period).


  • Crude oil and natural gas
  • Energy
  • Energy consumption and disposition
  • Petroleum products
  • Pipelines

Data sources and methodology

Target population

The universe of this survey covers the activities of all pipelines in Canada involved in the receipt and delivery of crude oils, liquefied petroleum gases and refined petroleum product. Industries covered are classified to NAICS 2012 (North American Industry Classification System) sub-sector 486 Pipeline Transportation. This sub-sector comprises establishments primarily engaged in the transport of products by pipeline including integrated systems comprised of various types of pipelines and ancillary facilities such as pumping stations and incidental storage facilities.


This survey is a census.

Data sources

Responding to this survey is mandatory.

Data are collected directly from survey respondents and extracted from administrative files.

This questionnaire is sent to all establishments primarily engaged in operating crude oil pipeline transportation system in Canada.

Data are collected monthly using an electronic questionnaire. Respondents are asked to submit the completed questionnaire within 5 days of receipt. Upon receipt, the data from the questionnaire are processed directly into the Integrated Business Statistics Program (IBSP). Editing is performed to ensure the validity of the collected data. Follow-up for non response and for data validation is conducted by telephone or e-mail in order to maximize the survey response rate.

In addition, administrative data sources are used for data validation purpose. Administrative sources include those originating from the provincial energy regulators and being managed by "Petrinex" (Petroleum Information Excellence) that are obtained by Statistics Canada under Section 13 of the Statistics Act.

In cases where respondent continued to provide data in retired survey format, subject matter will capture data into the new survey format.

View the Questionnaire(s) and reporting guide(s) .

Disclosure control

Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects which could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Various confidentiality rules are applied to all data that are released or published to prevent the publication or disclosure of any information deemed confidential. If necessary, data are suppressed to prevent direct or residual disclosure of identifiable data.


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