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Commercial and Institutional Building Energy Use Survey 2000

In 2001, Statistics Canada, on behalf of the Office of Energy Efficiency of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), conducted the first Commercial and Institutional Building Energy Use Survey (CIBEUS). CIBEUS contributes to the OEE's mandate to renew, strengthen and expand Canada's commitment to energy efficiency, by providing detailed information on the commercial sector which will be useful to assess how well Canada is fulfilling its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The main objective of this survey was to collect energy intensity information for the commercial and institutional buildings in Canada for the reference year 2000. More precisely, the survey involved collecting:

  • building characteristics;
  • occupancy characteristics;
  • energy efficiency characteristics; and
  • energy consumption.

The following statistical tables provide representative results on the number of buildings, the total square footage, the total energy consumption and the energy intensity at a disaggregated level for the CIBEUS target population. The CIBEUS target population includes all buildings with an area of at least 1,000 square feet, of which 50% or more is devoted to commercial or institutional activities, located in Census Metropolitain Areas (CMAs) or Census Agglomerations (CAs) with a population of 175,000 or greater. The threshold is a population of 50,000 or greater in the four Atlantic provinces.