Welcome to the Corporate Mapping Project (CMP) database — a who's who of Canada's fossil fuel industry.

The database maps:

  • The top 50 most influential players — we’ve created profiles for the most powerful corporations involved in the production of fossil fuels, along with key industry groups, think tanks, financiers and others promoting oil, gas and coal production.
  • The larger network of Canadian-based fossil fuel corporations (with assets over $50 million as of 2015) – and their senior executives and board members.
  • Links between Canada’s fossil fuel industry and other sectors of the economy (both national and global) and to other parts of society (industry associations, think tanks, lobby groups and others).

The full CMP database documents 1,656 organizations, 44,433 people and tracks 53,225 relations between them and is current to 2017.

We are in the process of updating the database, stay tuned.

Emitters are corporations based in Western Canada that are directly involved extracting, processing and transporting oil, gas and coal.

Enablers are organizations that enable fossil fuel production such as banks and industry-friendly regulators.

Legitimators are organizations that persuade the public or political elites that ‘business as usual’ must continue or that a timely shift away from dependence on fossil fuels is unfeasible or unnecessary. Legitimators include industry associations, think tanks, lobby groups, business councils and pro-oil advocacy groups.

Explore the full Database - Visit littlesis.org to go deeper

The Corporate Mapping Project database was developed in partnership with LittleSis — a grassroots watchdog group connecting the dots between the world’s most powerful people and organizations. LittleSis brings transparency to influential social networks by tracking the key relationships of corporations, business leaders, politicians, lobbyists, financiers, and their affiliated institutions.

The full CMP database is hosted on LittleSis.org. It includes records for the network of Canadian-based fossil fuel corporations, enablers and legitimators — along with the larger corporate network they’re connected to, and the people who run them.

Visit LittleSis to get started

Create and Contribute

Want to create your own network map as a way to research or visualize how the fossil fuel industry is organized? Power maps are a tool for bringing transparency to corporate power and influence in our democracy. You can use the Corporate Mapping Project database on LittleSis.org to explore and show relationships between companies, industry groups, lobbyists, powerful people, government agencies and more.

To learn more about power mapping and how to use the LittleSis database system, check out these tutorial videos:



You can also explore the power maps we’ve already created for each of the Fossil-Power Top 50 here. Or you can explore the Corporate Mapping Project full data set here.

Coming soon: workshops and webinars. Contact thi [at] policyalternatives [dot] ca for updates.

Explore the Fossil-Power Top 50