The Facts

Commentary: Myths and facts about energy subsidies in Canada

Commentary: Myths and facts about energy subsidies in Canada

In the ongoing debate over whether Canada’s oiand natural gas industry will or should survive — see recent comments from the Green Party’s Elizabeth May and Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-François Blanchet that “oil is dead”— one supporting justification often advanced is the notion that oil and gas activity in Canada survives only due to massive subsidies from taxpayers. 

The tyranny index for oil and gas

The tyranny index for oil and gas

Oil, natural gas, and freedom rankings

Norges Bank investments: Comparisons to Canada and ‘Not Free’ countries

Norges Bank investments: Comparisons to Canada and ‘Not Free’ countries

Norway’s investments in autocracies and dictatorships are twice its investments in Canada

Canadian pipelines have stagnated amidst global boom

Canadian pipelines have stagnated amidst global boom

This Fact Sheet (which can be downloaded here as a pdf) compares Canada and the United States on pipelines built from 2014 to 2020 and offers an international comparison on pipelines under construction as of early 2020. In both comparisons, the data are clear: development in Canada has stagnated while the rest of the world expands.

Commentary: A Mark Twain moment for Canada’s energy industry

Commentary: A Mark Twain moment for Canada’s energy industry

In 1897, while in London in the midst of a worldwide speaking tour, the American author Mark Twain became the subject of rumours back home that he was dead. To get at the truth, a reporter from the New York Journal wrote to Twain to ask if he was indeed dead or gravely ill.  

Commentary: Don’t kill off Canada’s oil and gas sector

Commentary: Don’t kill off Canada’s oil and gas sector

While the world grapples with the Coronavirus pandemic and an economic downturn, anti-energy activists have spotted an opportunity: to kill off Canada’s oil and gas industry—the one that provides hundreds of thousands of jobs and hundreds of billions of dollars in tax revenues to governments.

Fueling Canada’s economy: How Canada’s oil and gas industry compares to other major sectors

Fueling Canada’s economy: How Canada’s oil and gas industry compares to other major sectors

This Fact Sheet compares Canada’s oil and gas extraction sector (narrowly defined to include conventional oil and gas and oil sands) with the automotive and aerospace sectors on national and provincial GDP (in billions of dollars and as a percentage of GDP) and employment.