Annual Electricity Supply and Disposition Survey (AELE)

Detailed information for 2023





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The purpose of this survey is to obtain information on the supply of, and/or demand for, energy in Canada.


The purpose of this survey is to obtain information on the supply of, and/or demand for, energy in Canada. This information serves as an important indicator of Canadian economic performance, and is used by all levels of government in establishing informed policies in the energy area. The private sector also uses this information in the corporate decision-making process.

Statistical activity

The survey is administered as part of the Integrated Business Statistics Program (IBSP). The IBSP 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: Calendar Year


  • Energy
  • Energy consumption and disposition
  • Nuclear and electric power

Data sources and methodology

Target population

The universe consists of electric utilities and industrial establishments that generate and/or distribute electricity. Utilities and companies which have at least one plant with a total generating capacity of 500 KW, or one solar plant with a total generating capacity of over 100 KW are included. No threshold applies to distributors of electricity.

The frame is derived from the Electric Power Generating Stations Annual Survey (record number 2193) and from information on inter-provincial transactions in the Electricity Monthly Survey (record number 2151).

Instrument design

The survey questionnaire comprises volumes of electricity generated by utilities and industry, and the volume and value of receipts and deliveries by province, country and ultimate consumer.

The questionnaire is respondent completed.


This survey is a census with a cross-sectional design.

This survey is a cut-off census with a cross-sectional design.

The sampling unit is the enterprise as defined on the Statistics Canada Business Register.

The sample size for reference period 2016 is 1200 establishments.

Data sources

Data collection for this reference period: 2024-02-22 to 2024-07-02

Responding to this survey is mandatory.

Data are collected directly from survey respondents.

The data are collected through an electronic questionnaire. Follow-ups are conducted by phone, fax or e-mail as needed.

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

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