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July 2019

July 2019

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July 15, 2019

Transport Canada has released its 2018 annual report

The report Transportation in Canada 2018 gives an overview of the Canadian transportation sector and includes information on

  • the importance of the transportation sector to the economy
  • the performance of the transportation system from a multimodal perspective
  • major industry and regulatory developments related to freight, passengers, safety, security and the environment for all modes of transportation.

Key report highlights

  • In 2018, the Canadian transportation system was generally able to adjust to favourable economic conditions, which translated into increased traffic.
  • However, challenging winter weather conditions, operational issues and multiple outages resulted in congestion challenges in Western Canada, notably in the Lower Mainland area of British Columbia.
  • The number of international passenger trips across all modes of transportation was estimated at 21.1 million, higher than last year's record number of 20.9 million.
  • Transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions increased overall, despite improvements in fuel efficiency. Emissions from road transportation, which represents 21% of total Canadian greenhouse gas emissions, have increased by 12% from 2005 to 2016.
  • The number of accidents remained lower than the five-year average for the aviation, marine and road sectors, and slightly over the five-year average for rail.

The 2018 Annual Report and the statistical addendum associated with the report are available on demand by emailing The report will be available online shortly.

June 2019

June 2019

Transportation Data and Information Hub (TDIH)

June 17, 2019

Multimodal Safety and Security Programs Oversight Delivery Indicators, Transport Canada

Transport Canada's safety and security programs provide a broad range of activities. These include regulatory authorizations, such as the issuance of certificates and licenses to people, organizations or for equipment; compliance verifications through inspections and audits; and enforcement actions in response to non-compliance. They also include education and outreach activities targeting key stakeholders, such as regulatory bodies, as well as the general public.

Transport Canada monitors these oversight activities on a quarterly basis across all of its programs and administrative regions. Starting with fiscal year 2017/2018, the department is publishing data for regulatory authorizations, planned risk-based and reactive oversight activities—such as technical inspections and audits—as well as quality assurance and control activities. Other oversight activities will be added in the future.

A table containing these data is now available.

Safety and security oversight transparency at Transport Canada

The goal of Transport Canada's Oversight Transparency Initiative is to give Canadians easy access to timely information on its safety and security programs. Sharing this information earns the public's trust and engages Canadians, while also helping them make decisions that support a safe and secure transportation system.

What's changing?

We're changing how we work and manage information to

  • make information easy for all Canadians to find, read and use
  • change how we create, publish and store information.
What's next?

Over the next two years, we will be publishing more of Transport Canada's oversight information.

Phase 1 involves publishing information that currently exists within the safety and security programs and is easy to share. Phase 1 also includes the launch of Open TC—a portal that provides a description of the safety and security programs, the educational and outreach material available to the public and industry, an overview of enforcement actions and immediate risk reduction measures, a variety of interesting research material, and more.

Phases 2 and 3 of the Oversight Transparency Initiative will involve expanding datasets to include more information—for example, the number of oversight personnel (e.g., inspectors and auditors) across the programs. Information that provides further details on oversight actions will also be added to the Open TC portal. This information may include aggregated inspection results, general compliance information, specific enforcement actions and audits reports.

For more information, please contact Statistics Canada (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 514-283-8300;

May 2019

May 2019

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May 15, 2019

Estimating the movement of oil by pipelines in Alberta using administrative data

The Canadian Freight Analysis Framework (CFAF) provides a picture of freight flows across the country by geography, commodity and mode of transportation. Estimates are available by tonnage, value and tonne-kilometres. The database can be used to analyze a number of transportation-related matters, such as highway capacity, traffic forecasting, investments in infrastructure and trade flows.

In March 2019, Statistics Canada released the second iteration of the CFAF, covering the period from 2011 to 2016 for the airline, for-hire trucking and railway industries. Subsequent versions of the framework will add the remaining modes of transportation, including pipeline, marine, and own-account or private trucking.

Integrating pipeline data into the CFAF presents challenges because no data are collected specifically for this reason (i.e., as a transportation file). A methodology was developed as a proof of concept to generate the CFAF variables for oil transported by pipelines in Alberta using administrative data obtained from Petrinex.

Petrinex, Canada's Petroleum Information Network, is a joint strategic organization supporting Canada's upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas industry. The organization reports, manages, and exchanges up-to-date volumetric, royalty, and commercial information with governments and industry members. It is currently used in Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

Volumetric data for each pipeline system in Alberta are reported to Petrinex on a monthly basis. The data include the amount of oil (crude, condensate and syncrude) moved between facilities (e.g., battery or tank terminal) for a given pipeline. Monthly CFAF data for oil transported by pipelines were generated from this source for January 2016 to February 2018. The monthly files contain the following variables: commodity, geography (origin and destination), number of shipments, volume (m3), weight (tonnes), distance and tonne-kilometres.

The distance between origin and destination pairs was calculated using the straight-line distance. Over long distances, the straight-line distance is likely considerably shorter than the network distance. To improve this variable, a spatial pipeline network for Alberta has been developed, using publicly available data from the Alberta Energy Regulator.

Next steps for the project will include incorporating data for the two additional provinces covered by Petrinex—Saskatchewan and British Columbia—using the developed methodology. For regions not covered by Petrinex, other data sources will be examined. Additionally, movements of natural gas by pipelines will also be integrated in the future.

For more information, please contact Statistics Canada (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 514-283-8300;

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