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About the CER

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) works to keep energy moving safely across the country. We review energy development projects and share energy information. We enforce some of the strictest safety and environmental standards in the world in a manner that respects the Government of Canada’s commitments to the rights of the Indigenous peoples of Canada. The CER regulates:

  • Oil & Gas Pipelines – Construction, operation, and abandonment of interprovincial and international pipelines and related tolls and tariffs.
  • Electricity Transmission – Construction and operation of international power lines and designated interprovincial power lines.
  • Imports, Exports & Energy Markets – Imports and exports of certain energy products; monitoring aspects of energy supply, demand, production, development and trade.
  • Exploration & production – Oil and gas exploration and production activities in the offshore and on frontier lands not covered by an accord.
  • Offshore renewables – Offshore renewable projects and offshore power lines.

Energy Information Program is one of four core CER responsibilities. We collect, monitor, analyze, and publish fact-based information on energy markets and supply, sources of energy, and the safety and security of pipelines and international power lines. Using tools like interactive pipeline maps and visualizations we make complex pipeline and energy market data user-friendly and accessible.

Our Commitment:

  • Canadians have access to and use energy information for knowledge, research and decision making.
  • Canadians have access to community-specific information about CER-regulated pipelines, powerlines, and other energy infrastructure.
  • Broader and deeper collaboration with stakeholders and partners informs our energy information.

About this Report

The CER’s Energy Information core responsibility is closely linked to its mandate and responsibilities under the Canadian Energy Regulator Act (the Act), which include advising and reporting on energy matters. As well, under Part 7 of the Act, the CER regulates the export and import of natural gas and the export of natural gas liquids, crude oil and petroleum products, and electricity. The CER must ensure that, if authorized, oil and gas exports are surplus to Canadian requirements. The CER’s monitoring of energy markets and assessments of Canadian energy requirements and trends helps support the discharge of its regulatory responsibilities. This report, Canada’s Energy Future 2020: Energy Supply and Demand Projections to 2050, is the continuation of the Energy Futures series, and projects long-term Canadian energy supply and demand trends

How to cite: Canada Energy Regulator. Canada’s Energy Future 2020: Energy Supply and Demand Projections to 2050


EF2020 was prepared by CER technical staff under the direction of:

Bryce van Sluys
Director, Energy Outlooks

Matthew Hansen
Lead Technical Specialist – Energy Futures

Andrea DeCarle
Project Manager – Energy Futures

Specific questions about the information in this report may be directed to:

Key Drivers and Macroeconomics

Matthew Hansen

Lukas Hansen

Energy Demand

Lukas Hansen

Matthew Hansen

Crude Oil

Peter Budgell

Grant Moss

Natural Gas and NGLs

Melanie Stogran


Michael Nadew

Mantaj Hundal


Lukas Hansen

Climate Policy

Lukas Hansen

Matthew Hansen

Aaron Hoyle

COVID-19 Impacts

Mike Johnson

General Questions

If a party wishes to rely on material from this report in any regulatory proceeding before the CER, it may submit the material, just as it may submit any public document. Under these circumstances, the submitting party in effect adopts the material and that party could be required to answer questions pertaining to the material.

Notice: On 2 December 2020, a note for additional clarity was added to Figures ES.8 and R.12 in this PDF.

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