Working together to deliver better
The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) consists of the 11 transmission pipeline companies that transport virtually all of Canada’s natural gas and crude oil to markets across North America.
For 25 years, we have been working together to build a secure energy future for Canada. The result is pipeline standards in technology, innovation, safety, environmental protection and reporting transparency that industry leaders and regulators around the world look up to — standards we improve every year.
Canadians will need oil and gas long into the future to fuel life and prosperity in Canada. We are working together to deliver your energy in the safest, most responsible way.
How we communicate
Engaging and involving Canadians
One of our primary goals is to keep Canadians well informed. In turn, we also act as the public’s bridge to our members, outlining the concerns Canadians have and how the industry needs to evolve to meet those concerns.
Digital and social media
Aboutpipelines.com, cepa.com and CEPA’s blog are full of useful information about how your oil and natural gas are transported. CEPA also keeps Canadians informed through LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
Pipeline Industry Performance Report
An annual update detailing the results from CEPA members working together to improve transmission pipeline safety, environmental protection and economic contribution to Canada.
In 2018 we convened the second in a series of “Pipeline Dialogues.” The goal is to build mutual understanding of perspectives and expectations between the industry and the public. CEPA members sat down for a frank and open discussion with individuals from Indigenous peoples’ organizations, municipal organizations, landowner groups, labour unions, non-governmental organizations, academic/research institutions, regulators and young professionals. We explored a number of key issues, including community collaboration, respectful and meaningful engagement with Indigenous peoples, public confidence and energy policy and regulation. Through ongoing sessions like this, we will continue to build trust and mutual understanding. For more information you can read the executive summary of the first Pipeline Dialogue.
About Pipelines Map
Detailed information about energy transmission pipelines that transport crude oil, natural gas and refined petroleum products within Canada, including any significant incidents (aboutpipelinesmap.com).
A safety culture
Safety culture refers to the beliefs and attitudes an organization and its people have toward safety. One of CEPA’s goals is to enhance an already strong safety culture across all our members. Safety is the top priority of all 11 members, and, working together, we are making the safety culture stronger every day.
Safety isn’t just a principle — it’s an ingrained belief, a discipline that influences every CEPA member employee’s actions, from the people in the field to the president. A second nature that ensures the highest standards are set and followed. CEPA Integrity First® is key to driving these standards higher.
How we collaborate
One of our key roles in leading continuous improvement is through collaborating with stakeholders engaged in Canada’s energy future, including all levels of government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), industry organizations and CEPA members.
Energy is vital to all communities across Canada, so we work with all levels of government to continually improve regulations to enhance pipeline safety and performance.
- Collaboration between CEPA and Natural Resources Canada resulted in the passing of the Pipeline Safety Act.
- We participated in the federal government’s review of Canada’s environmental and regulatory processes.
- We participated in reviews for the Navigation Protection Act and Fisheries Act.
- We collaborated with British Columbia’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy on developing an enhanced land-based spill-response regime for BC called BC — Preparedness and Coordination Organization.
- We are collaborating with the RCMP, TSB, CSIS, FBI and Homeland Security to improve energy security.
There are many NGOs that affect the energy industry in Canada. CEPA engages with leading NGOs to drive continuous improvement across the industry.
- CEPA works closely with the Canadian Standards Association to develop codes and standards for the construction and operation of pipelines. Our efforts involve multi-stakeholder partnerships that include federal, provincial and municipal governments; industry; labour; emergency response groups; public interest groups and academics.
- We partnered with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs to promote collaboration across various programs related to emergency preparedness and response.
- We collaborated with the National Energy Board, L’Union des producteurs agricoles, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada to establish guidelines for safe, economic and environmentally sound pipeline retirement.
- In 2018, we convened the second in a series of “Pipeline Dialogues” engaging the industry, the public and key stakeholders to build mutual understanding of perspectives and expectations.
CEPA member work groups
Members work toward zero incidents together. The key to the industry’s success at continual improvement is collaboration — we do not compete on safety and environmental protection. Hundreds of representatives from our member companies meet in 10 different work groups, sharing advances in technology and operational practices so that all members can advance their performance. Each work group is responsible for a key area of Canada’s pipeline industry.
- Pipeline Operations
- Damage prevention
- Emergency management
- Health and safety
- Pipeline integrity
- Business Environment
- Indigenous affairs
- Climate change
- Property tax
- Regulatory policy
We work with a wide range of industry groups – from contractors to unions to researchers – to leverage our efforts and advance the technology of safety and environmental protection.
- We collaborated with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and the Royal Society of Canada to explore better ways to clean up spills.
- We are collaborating with Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada to boost innovation, research and technological developments within the pipeline industry.
- We are collaborating with Pipeline Research Council International, an organization that brings together pipeline companies from around the world, to explore ways to improve global energy pipeline systems.
Uniting the entire pipeline industry
While CEPA pools the expertise of Canada’s transmission pipeline operators, CEPA Foundation brings together companies from across the rest of the pipeline industry value chain to collaborate on improving the safe transmission of oil and gas in Canada.
The Foundation includes hundreds of firms encompassing engineering, design, construction, manufacturing, pipeline maintenance, legal, land and environmental services working together to continuously improve safety, environmental protection and operational effectiveness.
Preventing third-party pipeline damage
Third-party damage to pipelines is a cause of incidents. Preventing pipeline damage is a shared responsibility between operators and the public. That’s why if you are planning to undertake a digging project – large or small – always use extreme caution and always call or click before you dig.
CEPA is committed to supporting one-call centres in all provinces in which our member companies operate. Companies, employees and contractors are urged to “Click Before You Dig” and use web-based/online notifications whenever possible.
You can connect to any Canadian web-based contact centre in French or English by visiting ClickBeforeYouDig.com