Annual Survey on End-Use of Refined Petroleum Products (AEND)

Detailed information for 2014





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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 governmental agencies to fulfill their regulatory responsibilities. The private sector also uses this information in the corporate decision-making process.

Data release - November 20, 2015


This survey collects sales (end-use) information from all refineries in Canada for 11 refined petroleum products (or product groups) including motor gasoline, aviation fuels, light and heavy fuel oils. Sales information is reported for establishments classified to various industries including selected manufacturing and transportation industries, agriculture, residential and others.

Survey data are made available under the authority of the Statistics Act to other federal departments and provincial authorities through data sharing agreements subject to the embodied principles of data confidentiality. Data are intended for use by survey respondents, industry associations, industry analysts, federal and provincial governments, the press and general public to assess trends in demand for products.

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
  • Petroleum products

Data sources and methodology

Target population

The target population is comprised of all establishments in Canada engaged in transforming crude petroleum and coal into intermediate and end-products classified to NAICS 324 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing under the North American Industry Classification System. The observed population are those establishments in the target population for which business information is available on Statistics Canada's Business Register.

Instrument design

The questionnaire is subject to regular revision to reflect changes in refinery operations.


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

Data are collected for all units of the target population, therefore, no sampling is done.

Data sources

Data collection for this reference period: 2015-01-23 to 2015-06-30

Responding to this survey is mandatory.

Data are collected directly from survey respondents.

The questionnaire is respondent completed in paper format delivered by mail or fax. Data are also transferred in an electronic format. The unit of measure used for this survey is cubic meters (m^3).

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

Error detection

Data processing procedures identify missing data, data entry errors, assess validity of reported data. Macro-level edits detect unusual data fluctuations within a current survey period. The validity of survey data is partly dependent on the ability of the respondent to correctly classify customers by industry classification. Many respondents have difficulty in determining the final consumer of their products. This is due to the presence of marketing agents, brokers etc. Furthermore, the final consumer may use the purchased product in a number of different industries, for example, an iron company that extracts and mills ore may also operate a railway system. Survey data are routinely reconciled with other energy surveys such as the Monthly Refined Petroleum Products Survey (Survey ID 2150).


The response rate for this survey is 100% and as a consequence imputation for non-response is not normally required. However on occasion some respondents may be unable to respond or may be late in responding. In such cases missing data are manually imputed based on historical information, for example, data from the same quarter and of the previous year. Sales data can be supplemented from the Monthly Refined Petroleum Products Survey.


This methodology type does not apply to this statistical program.

Quality evaluation

In order to ensure the accuracy and consistency of the data such as domestic sales of refined petroleum products the results of this survey are reconciled with other energy surveys. These surveys include the Monthly Refined Petroleum Products Survey. Other federal departments, the National Energy Board, provincial authorities and international organizations such as the International Energy Agency routinely monitor the data.

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.

Confidentiality analysis includes the detection of possible direct disclosure, which occurs when the value in a tabulation cell is composed of a few respondents or when the cell is dominated by a few companies.

Revisions and seasonal adjustment

This methodology does not apply to this survey.

Data accuracy

The survey is a census of the target population and the survey response rate is normally 100%.

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