Coal Statistics

 Coal Reserves and Resources as of Dec 31, 2014

Ultimate In-place Resource   2,000 Billion tonnes (Gigatonnes) 
Ultimate Potential   620 Billion tonnes 
Initial In-Place Resources   93.7 Billion tonnes 
Initial Reserves   34.8 Billion tonnes
Cumulative Production   1.60 Billion tonnes
Remaining Reserves   33.2 Billion tonnes

2014 Raw Coal Production 

Total Production   33.8 Million Tonnes
Sub-Bituminous Coal   24.1 Million Tonnes
Bituminous Coal   9.7 Million Tonnes

As of January 2015, the Royalty Collected on 2014 production year of coal owned by the Province 
was $13.4 Million.

Crown Coal Leasing as of January 1, 2015

  • Number of Agreements, 1,232
  • Number of Hectares, 661,403 ha

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) Statistical Series ST26 Alberta Coal Industry Monthly Statistics provides more detailed information on annual production by month, type of coal, raw vs. clean coal, mine and product sale and disposition.

Coal Reserves and Resources

Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan have the largest known reserves and resources in Canada that are actively mined. Coal is also is mined in Nova Scotia. Coal reserves and resources have been identified in  Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut, but these resources are not currently mined.
Canada currently holds 8.7 billion tonnes (BT) of proved resources of coal-in-place, which are the resources in known deposits that have been carefully measured and assessed. Of that amount, 6.6 BT are deemed recoverable using existing technology under current and expected local economic conditions. At today's production rate, these recoverable resources will last at least a  100 years. An additional 190 BT is estimated to exist but it has not been proven.
Source: Natural Resources Canada

Here in Alberta, the Albert Energy Regulator (AER) ST98 - 2014 estimates the remaining established reserves of all types of coal in Alberta as of December 31, 2013, to be 33.2 gigatonnes1 (Gt) (36.6 billion tons). Of this amount, 22.6 Gt (or about 69 per cent) is considered recoverable by underground mining methods and 10.4 Gt is recoverable by surface mining methods. Of the total remaining established reserves, less than 1 per cent is within permit boundaries of mines active in 2013.

   Related information

Coal Natural Resources Canada

Coal Association of Canada