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We often hear Canada is a "world leader" amongst world oil producers, but what does that look like?


World Oil Production

Top 30 Oil Producers

Measured in millions of barrels per day.

Top 30 Oil Producers

Measured in millions of barrels per day.

Canada can supply the world the oil it needs​

As of October 2022, the IEA predicts the the world will consume 101.3 millions barrels of oil per day. With OPEC+ countries supplying approximately 80.4% of world supply. As world oil demand increases, we believe Canada should be the world’s supplier of choice for oil.

Canada is one of the few large oil producers that is serious about emissions reductions and has demonstrated commitments to domestic human rights, and democratic values. As such we have developed this visualization tool to show Canadians how Canada stacks up against the rest of the oil producing  world and answer the question “Why Canada?”

Total Global Production

Canada represents about 4.5% of global production


Yale EPI Index

The Yale EPI index is a yearly score card for the environmental performance of 180 Countries. Presently, Canada ranks 49th in the world, but has shown consistent improvement.  But when one limits the list to major oil producing countries nations — Canada quickly becomes a leader on that list.

In fact, amongst countries that produce 350 thousand barrels per day of more of oil (Canada produces 4.5 mm) Canada ranks 6th world wide. Is this ranking good enough, no, probably not. Canadians want action and industry is doing just that.

Canada’s largest oil sands producers have pledged a a path to net-zero and have invested in carbon reduction. While our conventional producers have also taken action to reduce their emissions. If Canadians and the world want world climate action, they should support further growth form Canada’s energy sector, and not leave emissions reduction to countries that don’t share the same commitment to emissions reduction.

Yale EPI Rankings

Yale EPI Rankings

SPI - Environmental Quality

Environmental Quality

The Social Progress Imperative is a Washington based non-profit that releases a yearly score card ranking 168 countries on a variety of metrics to provide  “data-driven tools that measure whether people have what they need to prosper, from basic needs like adequate shelter, being well-nourished, and feeling safe, to whether they are treated equally regardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation in order to help improve the quality of life for all.”

We have compiled all the “Environmental Rankings” from the top 30 oil producers’ score cards. And the result places Canada top relative to the 30 oil producers. 

Regulatory Quality

Every year the World Bank provides updates on 180 countries and their rankings relative to their peers. 

Canada slots in third behind Australia, and Norway in terms of regulatory quality.

Regulatory Quality


Global energy demand will only grow. Along with many other energy solutions, natural gas and oil will need to be a part of a connected global energy system for decades to come.

Top 40 Oil Producers Ranked by Freedom

Freedom House Index

The Freedom House Index is a making set that bring together various metrics to assign a ranking to 210 countries.

Freedom House defines it as: “people’s access to political rights and civil liberties in 210 countries and territories through its annual Freedom in the World report.

Individual freedoms—ranging from the right to vote to freedom of expression and equality before the law—can be affected by state or nonstate actors.”

And as you can see, Freedom House ranks Canada highly. In fact, amongst the top 10 producers of oil — representing over half the world’s oil production — only 3 have “Freedom House Index” ratings over 70, defining the as “Free Countries;” Canada, the United Sates and Brazil. And amongst the top 30 oil producers, only six are “free.”

The reality is — if future oil prediction doesn’t come from Canada it will likely come from country that doesn’t provide its citizens with the same freedom Canadians enjoy.


Rule of Law

Percentile Rank

Rule of Law

Percentile Rank

The Provincial Court of British Columbia defines the Rule of Law as:
  1. The government enacts law in an open and transparent manner.
  2. The law is clear and known, and it is applied equally to everyone.
  3. The law will govern the actions of both government and private persons, and their relationship to each other.
  4. The courts will apply the law independently of political or outside influence.
And in amalgamating the World Banks Rule of Law ranking we can see that again Canada ranks near best in class. We (and the United States) are among the best amongst significant oil producers in terms of applying the law openly and evenly.

It is a characteristic vital to democracy, and a attribute we should want when determining where we should get our oil from.

Social Progress Index

Social Progress Index

The Social Progress Index (SPI) is the culmination of all metrics that The Social Progress Imperative uses when ranking countries on their yearly score. According to the organization their rankings are a measure of “how well a society provides its people with the things they really care about.

Are people healthy and safe? Do they have clean water and a roof over their heads? Can they freely access information? Are their rights protected?”

Canada tops all oil producers on the SPI aside from Norway. We are seen as a leader in early every metric. Far away from countries like; Russia, Iran, and Saudi Arabia.

If consumers want their oil from a country that values people and the environment; they should look no further than Canada.