Land use and access

Work productively with landowners to limit land-use impacts and improve access to pipeline rights-of-way.

How CEPA members improve performance

Canada and the world count on pipelines for the safe delivery of the energy they need for life and prosperity. CEPA Integrity First® was created by CEPA members with the primary purpose of continuously improving the performance of Canada’s energy pipeline industry and ensuring the safety of those who live and work around pipelines while protecting the environment.

Through Integrity First, CEPA members work collaboratively to share their knowledge and innovations to drive industry-wide performance improvements in pipeline safety, environmental protection and socio-economic practices. Integrity First enables pipeline companies to work together to make our industry better – focusing on safety, transparency and responsible operations – striving toward our goal of zero incidents.

10 key priorities:

Integrity First cycle
Integrity First ensures that each priority is put through a six-stage process that is supported by CEPA and built on a solid foundation of strategic communications and change management.


Pipelines cross the land of thousands of Canadians. These landowners are important partners in delivering the energy you need, and CEPA members hold them in the highest regard. These relationships begin with consultation based on mutual respect, and often last for generations.

Priority commitments

The CEPA Integrity First® guidance document in development for Land Use and Access will build on the principles of CEPA’s Code of Conduct for Land Representatives/Agents:

  • Build positive, lasting relationships based on mutual respect and trust.
  • Undertake interactions with landowners and other stakeholders with honesty, integrity and courtesy at all times.
  • Listen, seek to understand and negotiate in good faith. Make every effort to reach agreement with landowners and other stakeholders in an honest, fair and reasonable fashion.
  • Provide landowners and other stakeholders with timely and factual information on all aspects of the project.
  • Preserve the confidentiality of conversations and the terms of agreements with landowners and other stakeholders.
  • Ensure landowners and other stakeholders understand the process and importance of timing for projects.
  • Respond to landowner and other stakeholder concerns in a timely and respectful manner.
  • Ensure employees and representatives interact with landowners and other stakeholders in accordance with this Code of Conduct.
Priority stage

Integrity First ensures that each priority is put through a six-stage cycle that is supported by CEPA and built on a solid foundation of strategic communications and change management.

Find out more about the cycle and each stage.

Are pipelines safe?

Yes, they are the safest way to transport the energy Canada and the world need. In fact, Canadian transmission pipelines are among the safest in the world.

In 2018, Canada’s 121,000-kilometre network of transmission pipelines moved 97 per cent of Canada’s natural gas and onshore crude oil production to the people who need it (the other 3 per cent was by rail or truck).

Out of 1.6 billion barrels of oil transported by CEPA members, a total of 11.3 barrels were spilled and couldn’t be recovered. These remaining barrels dissipate through volatilization (similar to evaporation) and other natural processes. While this is only a tiny percentage of oil transported, no amount spilled is acceptable to CEPA members, who work toward a common goal of zero incidents.

CEPA members work together to continuously improve what are already among the highest safety standards, and best safety records, in the world. Over 51,000 kilometres of transmission pipeline were inspected from the inside in 2018, and over 2,600 integrity digs were performed to check any anomalies identified. Hundreds of exercises were performed to ensure CEPA member companies’ emergency response teams are prepared. Over $2 billion was spent on monitoring to ensure that your energy was delivered safely.

Canada and the world will need oil and natural gas long into the future, and you can count on CEPA members to get it to you in the safest, most responsible way.