Picture this: How fuel gets from the refinery to your gas pump

Mar 30, 2017  
It has taken generations, and enormous amounts of investment, to develop the fuels distribution infrastructure in Canada. It’s a crucial part of the economy, a vital series of links that keep people, business and freight moving.

Getting diesel and gasoline from the refinery to your gas station is a complex process, involving a sophisticated network of trucks, ships, railways and pipelines.

We’ve taken it down to the basic elements, for a quick, visual representation of how the fuels industry keeps Canada moving. Check out the graphic below.

Downstream sector refining, distribution, marketing

It’s a regional thing 

Moving fuel within regions makes the distribution network as efficient as possible.

In Western Canada, refineries supply all fuels from Vancouver to Thunder Bay, including the northern territories. Refineries in southwestern Ontario supply southern, central and northern Ontario, supplemented by supply from Quebec refineries.  

Facilities in Montréal and Québec City supply the St. Lawrence River corridor from Toronto to the Gaspé Peninsula, remote areas of northern Québec and occasionally parts of the Arctic. Atlantic refineries supply the Maritime provinces, the North, and the U.S. eastern seaboard.

Once the fuel gets to Canadian gas stations, who’s pumping your gas? Find out more about fuel retailing, and what affects the price — in Canada, and other countries
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