Get Energized by Canada’s Energy Industry
More innovation. More job diversity. More rewarding futures. That’s what the future of Canada’s energy industry promises – and that’s why now is a good time to be part of it. Population growth and urbanization in developing countries around the world means oil and natural gas resources will be in demand for many years to come. And as the energy industry expands to develop new energy sources, we’ll fuel even more bright futures across Canada.
What is Digitization and Automation in Energy?
The growing energy sector is supported by progressive ideas in digitization and automation in energy and cleantech. Energy sectors are digitizing with the use of sensors, live data, networking, artificial intelligence and automation. New technologies make the industry safer, more efficient and more sustainable.
Digitization and automation go hand-in-hand. Together, they include all systems and processes used to optimize a company’s operations and better leverage the skills, capabilities and performance of their workforce.
Digitization and automation reduce the potential for human error in the workplace, while at the same time allowing companies to redeploy workers to higher-value activities. It also helps reduce costs and the environmental footprint of operations. With digitization at work, there’s less energy waste, improved emissions detection and fewer unplanned operational and environmental events through predictive analysis.
Examples of digitization and automation in oil and gas
Cleantech in Oil and Natural Gas
Clean technology, or cleantech, involves developing and applying technologies to oil and natural gas extraction and refining to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water and land use and tailings, and increase energy efficiency.
Cleantech has played a crucial role in reducing emissions to date and, as companies and governments set net-zero carbon targets, it will be even more vital to achieving those goals. A technology like carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) provides an opportunity for large-scale reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
Canada is a leader in cleantech development, with more than $1 billion of the total $1.4 billion invested each year by Canadian companies coming from the oil and natural gas industry.
Did you know
Cleantech helps to drive energy efficiency
Cleantech efficiency could result in achieving 40% of the emissions reductions required by 2040 to put the world on a sustainable path.
Source: International Energy Agency. World Energy Outlook. October 2020.
Oil and Natural Gas in Canada
Oil and natural gas activity creates job opportunities and fuels economies in almost every province across Canada. Learn more about how oil and natural gas plays a role in different locations by hovering over each province.
Alberta is oil abundant
Alberta is the heart of Canada’s oil and gas industry. You’ll find oil sands and plenty of conventional oil and natural gas throughout northern, central and southern Alberta.
British Columbia is a LNG hub
This province is rich in natural gas and oil activity. A growing liquefied natural gas (LNG) hub, LNG Canada has started construction in Kitimat and FortisBC has an active project in Tilbury that has exported LNG to China. There are also proposed projects in Kitimat and Squamish.
Manitoba is making big moves
Oil activity in Manitoba is small but growing. Most activity takes place in the southwest corner of the province, in an area known as the Sinclair field.
New Brunswick has deep roots
New Brunswick has a long history of producing both oil and natural gas. One of the first oil wells in North America was drilled in 1859 near Moncton.
Newfoundland and Labrador produces oil and jobs
This area has four producing offshore oil projects – Hebron, Hibernia, Terra Nova and White Rose. The industry provides employment opportunities for thousands in the province.
Nova Scotia was home to early exploration
Nova Scotia was the site of Canada’s first offshore natural gas discovery in 1971. Current activity is focused on exploration.
Ontario is an industry pioneer
Ontario is where oil was first commercially produced in 1858 – in Petrolia. The province is home to 2,400 producing oil and gas wells while its manufacturing sector is an important supplier for Canada’s oil and gas industry.
Prince Edward Island has a proud legacy
PEI is where Canada’s first offshore well was drilled in 1943. Currently, there are no offshore projects and activity is focused on exploration.
Quebec gives Canada big energy
Quebec provides much needed goods and services. Quebec is a significant supplier to the oil and natural gas industry. Like Ontario, it also has refineries and plays an important role in the downstream segment.
Saskatchewan has energy to give
Saskatchewan is Canada’s second largest producer of oil. Most activity is concentrated in the south and on the western border.
Where Will Oil and Natural Gas Take You?
With oil and natural gas activity happening around Canada, many people have uncovered rewarding careers in rewarding places. From on-the-job training and rapid career advancement to long-term careers, oil and natural gas has long been a great industry to be a part of. Check out our Explore Careers tool and see if there’s one that interests you.
Three Streams - Many Career Paths
From unlocking oil and natural gas resources to transporting and selling by-products and end-products, the oil and natural gas industry’s three segments work together to create a robust industry.
Upstream is the exploration and production phase. This is where we find oil and natural gas resources and get them out of the ground.
Midstream is when oil and natural gas is processed, stored and transported to sites where it will be refined into useful products.
Downstream is when it is refined into the end-products like fuel, lubricants and petrochemicals used in plastics.