How the oil sands benefit all of Canada

Local companies in every province supply goods and services to the oil sands—creating jobs, growth and economic opportunity in local communities.

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Canada’s oil sands contain 170 billion barrels of oil—representing the third largest oil reserves in the world. This vast natural resource benefits all Canadians: while the oil sands are located in northern Alberta, their development involves the purchase of supplies and services from across the country—everything from vehicles to transport people and products, steel and parts to build plants and pipelines, manufactured goods ranging from drill bits to safety gloves, and services such as environmental consulting and monitoring. 

This supply chain creates major economic spinoffs like jobs, growth and tax revenues benefiting communities across the country. *Updated March 8, 2021 with 2019 data.