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Historically used by our indigenous ancestors to caulk canoes, bitumen is a solid form of petroleum that is found in natural deposits. Today, bitumen is primarily used to produce valuable, everyday products such as asphalt (roads and roofs), low-sulphur diesel, and gasoline. Canada has the world’s largest deposit of natural bitumen, and we aim to share it responsibly with the world.  

Canada has diverse natural resources, including two types of oil, light conventional oil and bitumen.


01. Light Conventional Oil

Light conventional oil is naturally a liquid in the ground and is transported in pipelines.


02. Bitumen

Bitumen is naturally a solid in the ground, and is currently diluted with a solvent to be transported in pipelines.