What would you like to know about the fuels industry?

Every day, more than 218 million litres of fuel are pumped into vehicle fuel tanks across Canada. The industry that refines and distributes this fuel is helping to keep Canadians on the move. 

The industry you see today is the result of over a hundred years of investment in expertise, technology, and infrastructure. The sector involved in bringing fuel to the pumps includes:



More transportation fuels industry statistics:


Industry Snapshot

Operating Canadian refineries, 2019 16
Contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), 2018 (chained 2012 dollars) $10.2 billion
Refining employment, 2018 17,791 persons
Gasoline retail employment, 2018 84,704 persons
Refining industry's share of Canada manufacturing GDP, 2018 5 per cent
Total annual invesetments, 2017 $1.2 billion
Total production, 2018 1,905KB/D
Total exports, 2018 446KB/D
Source: Statistics Canada, 2019

Can we manage without oil and gas products?

Petroleum-based fuels such as gasoline and diesel comprise 95 per cent of the transportation fuels used in Canada. Alternative fuel technology is making huge strides and will be a growing part of Canada’s future fuel mix, but there is no doubt that gasoline and diesel will fuel our vehicles well into the future.  


Transportation Fuel Fact

After more than 15 years on the market in Canada, the fleet of hybrid vehicles has reached 221,000 of a total fleet of about 26 million vehicles. 


The Canadian transportation fuels industry fulfills a critical role, and provides jobs, in every region of the country.

In fact, nationwide, refining employs over 17,000 workers while distribution terminals employ over 15,000 and over 84,000 people work at retail sites.   

This map shows the location of refining activity in Canada.

Canadian refiners today produce almost 111 billion litres of fuel and other refined products each year, and contributed $10.2 billion to our GDP in 2018.