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Prices and Trade

Monthly Data Tables – February 2020

The prices for each commodity in Canada track U.S. benchmark prices, with differences primarily related to the cost of transportation and regional supply and demand dynamics. Crude oil and propane prices are generally quoted in U.S. dollars, whereas natural gas and electricity prices are often quoted in Canadian dollars due to their higher proportion of domestic retail sales. Changes in the exchange rate affect revenue received for exports (or the cost of imports). The table below shows Canadian and U.S. benchmark prices, with recent month-to-month and year-over-year comparisons.

Commodity Price Update
Commodity Price Update
  2020 2019
February January 2020 Avg. February January 2019 Avg.
Exchange Rate Canadian $ / U.S. $ 1.33 1.31 1.32 1.32 1.33 1.33
Crude Oil Prices
(US$/bbl)
West Texas Intermediate 50.65 57.52 54.09 54.95 51.38 56.98
Brent 55.79 63.65 59.72 63.96 59.41 64.35
Western Canadian Select 33.91 35.02 34.47 43.10 34.30 42.45
Natural Gas Prices
(CA$/GJ)
Henry Hub 2.35 2.49 2.42 3.36 3.95 3.21
Alberta NIT 1.75 2.20 1.98 3.05 1.79 1.64
Dawn, ON 2.30 2.43 2.37 3.40 4.00 3.06
Station 2, Westcoast Spectra, BC 1.70 2.16 1.93 1.43 1.34 0.88
Propane Prices
(US cents per gallon)
Edmonton 43.5 44.6 44.1 43.9 39.8 38.6
Sarnia 50.6 66.1 58.4 85.2 79.5 72.0
Mont Belvieu 40.0 39.8 39.9 66.5 65.8 53.5
Conway 37.5 38.2 37.9 59.3 54.9 47.9
Electricity Prices
(CA$/MW.h)
Alberta (AESO On-Peak) 39.33 154.53 96.93 128.73 40.41 64.60
Ontario (IESO On-Peak) 18.10 19.27 18.69 32.56 33.00 21.61
Ontario (IESO On-Peak + Global Adjustment) 131.41 121.59 126.50 120.68 113.92 130.84
Sources and Notes

Sources: Exchange Rate: Bank of Canada; Crude Oil Prices: Kent Group, EIA; Natural Gas Prices: NGX, Platts Gas Daily; Propane Prices: Butane-Propane News; Electricity Prices: IESO, AESO.

Note: Visit the CER Energy Conversion Tables for unit conversions. E = Estimate

Canada is a net exporter of crude oil, natural gas, propane and electricity. The CER regulates the exports of crude oil, refined petroleum products, natural gas, NGLs and electricity. The CER also regulates natural gas imports and collects statistics for electricity imports. The table below shows these commodity exports and imports, with recent month-to-month and year-over-year comparisons.

Trade Volumes Update
Trade Volumes Update
    2019 2018
    December November Avg. December November Avg.
Crude Oil
Volumes (Mb/d)
Exports 3,983 3,583 3,766 3,749 3,752 3,557
Refined Petroleum
Products
Volumes (Mb/d)
Exports 243 Confidential Confidential 274 187 267
 Natural Gas
Volumes (Bcf/d)
Exports 7.86 7.44 7.43 7.47 6.68 7.76
Imports 3.33 2.84 2.41 2.81 3.13 2.20
Net Exports 4.53 4.60 5.02 4.66 3.55 5.56
Propane
Volumes (Mb/d)
Exports 205 180 187 220 171 153
Butanes
Volumes (Mb/d)
Exports 49 45 57 68 73 48
Electricity
(GW.h/month)
Exports 5,444 5,279 5,031 5,109 4,575 5,121
Imports 659 736 1,114 1,038 1,325 1,100
Net Exports 4,784 4,544 3,917 4,071 3,250 4,022
Sources and notes

Sources:Canada Energy Regulator, Commodity Tracking System data

Note: Refined petroleum products includes non-confidential categories only, such as motor gasoline, middle distillate, and heavy fuel oil. Recent and historical trade statistics are available from the Commodity Tracking System (crude oil, natural gas, and electricity) and the volume and price queries (natural gas liquids).

Visit the CER Energy Conversion Tables for unit conversions.

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