Canada Rig Count is a summary of the weekly Oilgasleads weekly rig report reports created by OGL.

We track drilling activity in Western Canada using oil & gas regulatory information. The data includes well permits and drilling activity by operator and location.


Canada Rig Count Report June 16, 2021 we are tracking 63 Oil & Gas Operators and 115 drilling rigs that spud wells last 30 days in Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan. (Data Source – Western Canada Drilling Rig Report June 16, 2021)

  • Top Oil & Gas Operators by drilling rig count: ARC Resources Ltd (9 Rigs), OVINTIV CANADA ULC (6 Rigs), Baytex Energy Corp. (5 rigs), Crescent Point Energy Corp. (4 rigs), Peyto Exploration (4 rigs)
  • Province by drilling rig count: Alberta (75), BC (11), Sask (29)
  • Top District by Drilling Rig; Grande Prairie (24 rigs), BC (11 rigs), Bonnyville (14 rigs), St Albert (10 rigs), Drayton Valley (7 rigs), Red Deer (7 rigs), Kindersley (11 rigs), Lloydminster (4 rigs), Medicine Hat (3 rigs), Estevan (13 rigs), Wainwright (9 rigs)

Canada Rig Count Report June 9, 2021 we are tracking 43 Oil & Gas Operators and 82 drilling rigs that spud wells last 30 days in Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan. (Data Source – Western Canada Drilling Rig Report June 7, 2021)

  • Top Oil & Gas Operators by drilling rig count: ARC Resources Ltd (7 Rigs), OVINTIV CANADA ULC (6 Rigs), Baytex Energy Corp. (4 rigs), Crescent Point Energy Corp. (4 rigs), Rolling Hills Energy (4 rigs)
  • Province by drilling rig count: Alberta (51), BC (10), Sask (21)
  • Top District by Drilling Rig; Grande Prairie (19 rigs), BC (10 rigs), Bonnyville (8 rigs), St Albert (6 rigs), Drayton Valley (4 rigs), Red Deer (5 rigs), Kindersley (9 rigs), Lloydminster (3 rigs), Medicine Hat (2 rigs), Estevan (8 rigs), Wainwright (7 rigs)

Canada Rig Count Report June 2, 2021 we are tracking 41 Oil & Gas Operators and 70 drilling rigs that spud wells last 30 days in Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan. (Data Source – Western Canada Drilling Rig Report June 2, 2021)

  • Top Oil & Gas Operators by drilling rig count: ARC Resources Ltd (8 Rigs), CNRL (3 Rigs), Tourmaline Oil Corp (2 Rigs), OVINTIV CANADA ULC (6 Rigs), Cenovus Energy Inc. (3 Rigs), PETRONAS Energy Canada Ltd. (3 Rigs)
  • Province by drilling rig count: Alberta (46), BC (10), Sask (14)
  • Top District by Drilling Rig; Grande Prairie (19 rigs), BC (10 rigs), Bonnyville (10 rigs), St Albert (6 rigs), Drayton Valley (4 rigs), Red Deer (4 rigs), Kindersley (7 rigs), Lloydminster (1 rigs), Medicine Hat (0 rigs), Estevan (6 rigs), Wainwright (3 rigs)

Canada Rig Count Report May 26, 2021 we are tracking 40 Oil & Gas Operators and 72 drilling rigs that spud wells last 30 days in Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan. (Data Source – Western Canada Drilling Rig Report May 26, 2021)

  • Top Oil & Gas Operators by drilling rig count: ARC Resources Ltd (8 Rigs), CNRL (4 Rigs), Tourmaline Oil Corp (4 Rigs), OVINTIV CANADA ULC (6 Rigs), Cenovus Energy Inc. (3 Rigs)
  • Province by drilling rig count: Alberta (46), BC (12), Sask (14)
  • Top District by Drilling Rig; Grande Prairie (19 rigs), BC (12 rigs), Bonnyville (12 rigs), St Albert (3 rigs), Drayton Valley (5 rigs), Red Deer (4 rigs), Kindersley (8 rigs), Lloydminster (1 rigs), Medicine Hat (0 rigs), Estevan (5 rigs), Wainwright (3 rigs)

Canada Rig Count Report May 19, 2021 we are tracking 35 Oil & Gas Operators and 62 drilling rigs that spud wells last 30 days in Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan. (Data Source – Western Canada Drilling Rig Report May 19, 2021)

  • Top Oil & Gas Operators by drilling rig count: ARC Resources Ltd (8 Rigs), CNRL (4 Rigs), Tourmaline Oil Corp (4 Rigs), OVINTIV CANADA ULC (4 Rigs), Cenovus Energy Inc. (3 Rigs)
  • Province by drilling rig count: Alberta (42), BC (10), Sask (10)
  • Top District by Drilling Rig; Grande Prairie (15 rigs), BC (10 rigs), Bonnyville (11 rigs), St Albert (5 rigs), Drayton Valley (5 rigs), Red Deer (4 rigs), Kindersley (5 rigs), Lloydminster (1 rigs), Medicine Hat (0 rigs), Estevan (4 rigs), Wainwright (2 rigs)

Canada Rig Count Report May 12, 2021 we are tracking 33 Oil & Gas Operators and 58 drilling rigs that spud wells last 30 days in Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan. (Data Source – Western Canada Drilling Rig Report May 12, 2021)

  • Top Oil & Gas Operators by drilling rig count: ARC Resources Ltd (6), CNRL (6), Tourmaline Oil Corp (5), OVINTIV CANADA ULC (4), Cenovus Energy Inc. (3)
  • Province by drilling rig count: Alberta (39), BC (12), Sask (7)
  • Top District by Drilling Rig Count; Grande Prairie (15), BC (12), Bonnyville (10), St Albert (4), Drayton Valley (6), Red Deer (4), Kindersley (3), Lloydminster (1), Medicine Hat (0), Estevan (3)

Canada Rig Count Report Report May 5, 2021 we are tracking 30 Oil & Gas Operators and 57 drilling rigs that spud wells last 30 days in Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan.


Canada Rig Count Report April 28, 2021 we are tracking 31 Oil & Gas Operators and 61 drilling rigs that spud wells last 30 days.


Canada Rig Count Report April 21, 2021 we are tracking 33 Oil & Gas Operators and 71 drilling rigs that spud wells last 30 days.

  • Top Oil & Gas Operators by drilling rig count: Canadian Natural Resources Limited (7), Seven Generations Energy Ltd. (7), Tourmaline Oil Corp (7), OVINTIV CANADA ULC (6), Cenovus Energy Inc. (6)
  • Province by drilling rig count: Alberta (57), Saskatchewan (2), BC (12)
  • Top District by Drilling Rig Count; Grande Prairie (22), BONNYVILLE (10), Estevan (2), ST. ALBERT (6), DRAYTON VALLEY (9), BC (12), Red Deer (6), Kindersley (0), Lloydminster (2)

Canada Rig Count Report April 14, 2021 we are tracking 24 Oil & Gas Operators and 44 drilling rigs that spud wells last 30 days.

Top Oil & Gas Operators by drilling rig count: Canadian Natural Resources Limited (8), Cenovus Energy Inc. (5), OVINTIV CANADA ULC (3), Birchcliff Energy Ltd. (2)

Province by drilling rig count: Alberta (30), Saskatchewan (5), BC (9)

Top District by Drilling Rig Count; Grande Prairie (11), BONNYVILLE (9), Estevan (2), ST. ALBERT (6), DRAYTON VALLEY (1), BC (9), Red Deer (2), Kindersley (2), Lloydminster (1)


Canada Rig Count Report March 31, 2021. We are tracking 67 Oil & Gas Operators and 129 drilling rigs that spud wells last 30 days.

Top Oil & Gas Operators by drilling rig count: Cenovus Energy Inc. (12), Canadian Natural Resources Limited (8), Crescent Point Energy Corp. (6), Tourmaline Oil Corp (7), Seven Generations Energy Ltd. (6)

Province by drilling rig count: Alberta (92), Saskatchewan (26), BC (11)

Top District by Drilling Rig ount; Grande Prairie (31), BONNYVILLE (17), Estevan (12), ST. ALBERT (17), DRAYTON VALLEY (12), BC (11), Red Deer (11)


Canada Rig Count Report March 24, 2021. We are tracking 75 Oil & Gas Operators and 154 drilling rigs that spud wells last 30 days.

Top Oil & Gas Operators by drilling rig count: Cenovus Energy Inc. (11), Canadian Natural Resources Limited (8), Crescent Point Energy Corp. (8), Tourmaline Oil Corp (8), Whitecap Resources Inc. (8)

Province by drilling rig count: Alberta (104), Saskatchewan (38), BC (12)

Top District by Drilling Rig; Grande Prairie (31), BONNYVILLE (20), Estevan (17), ST. ALBERT (17)


Canada Rig Count Report March 17, 2021. We are tracking 81 Oil & Gas Operators and 189 drilling rigs that spud wells last 30 days in Feb/March 2021 Western Canada.

Top Oil & Gas Operators by drilling rig count include;  Whitecap Resources Inc. (10), SYNCRUDE CANADA INC (9), Baytex Energy Corp. (4) and Paramount Resources Ltd. (3).


Canada Rig Count Report March 10, 2021. We are tracking 36 Oil & Gas Operators and 71 drilling rigs that spud wells last 10 days in Feb/March 2021 Western Canada.

Top Oil & Gas Operators by drilling rig count include;  Cenovus Energy Inc. (10), Tourmaline Oil Corp (7), CNRL (6), Crescent Point Energy Corp. (6) and TORXEN RESOURCES LTD. (3).


Canada Rig Count Report March 3, 2021. We are tracking 55 Oil & Gas Operators and 100 drilling rigs that spud wells last 10 days in Western Canada. Top Oil & Gas Operators by drilling rig count include CenovusWhitecap ResourcesCNRL and Tourmaline.


Canada Rig Count Report February 24, 2021. We are tracking 31 Operators and 58 rigs that spud wells in Western Canada last 12 days. Top Operators include Cenovus Energy Inc.Crescent Point Energy Corp. and Canadian Natural Resources Limited.


Canada Rig Count Report February 17, 2021. We are tracking 81 Operators and 208 drilling rigs, the Montney & Cardium area of Western Canada appears to be the most active for drilling area.


Canada Rig Count Report February 16, 2021. We are tracking well permits, wells drilled and facility permits in Western Canada approved last week.


Canada Rig Count Report February 10, 2021. Includes 80 oil & gas operators and 207 drilling rigs that spud well last 30 days.


Canada Rig Count Report February 3, 2021. We are tracking 73 Operators and 200 Rigs that spud wells last 30 days in Western Canada. 


Canada Rig Count Report January 27, 2021. We are tracking 72 Oil & Gas Operators and 190 drilling rigs that spud (drilled) wells in Western Canada (Alberta, Saskatchewan, BC) last 30 days.


Canada Rig Count Report January 19, 2021. The chart shows the Operators with 3 or more rigs Operating last 30 days in Western Canada report was posted Jan 15 2021.


Canada Rig Count Report January 13, 2021. The chart shows the 110 rigs that spud wells first 10 days of Jan 2021.


Canada Rig Count Report January 6, 2021. List of Operators and drilling rigs that spud wells in Western Canada last 30 days.


Canada Rig Count Glossary

  • Western Canada Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) located in Western Canada including southwestern Manitoba, southern Saskatchewan, Alberta, northeastern British Columbia.
  • drilling rig is an integrated system that drills wells, such as oil or water wells, in the earth’s subsurface. … The term “rig” therefore generally refers to the complex equipment that is used to penetrate the surface of the Earth’s crust.
  • Spudding is the process of beginning to drill a well in the oil and gas industry. A larger drill bit is initially used to clear a surface hole, which is then lined with casing and cement to protect groundwater.
  • The oil and gas industry is highly regulated by Government agencies. One of the responsibilities is to approve well permits. A well permit is the intent of an oil & gas operator to drill a new well. Well permits include oil wells, gas wells, water wells and more..