Discover the ocean.Understand the planet.

Working for the advancement of science and the benefit of Canada.


Evidence-Based Decision Making

The state of the ocean is an important indicator of the overall health of the planet. The ocean off the coasts of Canada, including the Arctic, comprises some of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on Earth. This makes Ocean Networks Canada data relevant to global users.

Marine life flourishes in the deep fjords and narrow inlets off the central coast of British Columbia. However, underwater research in this area has been extremely limited, until now. In March 2018, an exciting collaboration brought together a variety of perspectives to expand our understanding of the unique coastal ecosystem within the area known as the Great Bear Rainforest.
Ocean Networks Canada joined Oceana Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Central Coast Indigenous Resource and the Heiltsuk and Kitasoo/Xai’Xais Nations on a weeklong expedition aboard CCGS Vector to explore and study this area of cultural, biological, and ecological importance.

Collaborating to understand the central coast of British Columbia

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) hosted two international science workshops in March at the University of Victoria’s Technology Enterprise Facility where researchers focused on expansion at the Endeavour node of ONC’s NEPTUNE observatory and ONC’s Northern Cascadia subduction zone observatory seafloor geodesy project.

ONC’s Endeavour, Northern Cascadia science workshops attract international researchers

The Internet-Connected Ocean

Map of Ocean Networks Canada Canadian Infrastructure and Partners Map.

Ocean Networks Canada monitors the west and east coasts of Canada and the Arctic to continuously gather data in real-time for scientific research that helps communities, governments and industry make informed decisions about our future.

System Status

  •   Database
  •   Data Acquisition
  •   Oceans 2.0

Building a Smarter Ocean

Smart Ocean™ Systems operationalizes Ocean Networks Canada’s innovative technologies and expertise for the benefit of Canada and the world. Cabled observatories, remote control systems and interactive sensors, and big data management enable evidence-based decision-making on ocean management, disaster mitigation, and environmental protection.

One of Ocean Networks Canada's goals as a Centre of Excellence is to strengthen domestic collaboration nationally. To meet this objective, in 2012 ONC’s Innovation Centre facilitated the creation of the Ocean Technology Alliance Canada (OTAC), linking Canada's regional associations to help grow the economic capacity of Canada’s ocean technology sector. In December 2016, OTAC was formally incorporated as a national association for the ocean technology sector. In August 2017, a new OTAC website was launched to take this Canada-wide blue economy collaboration to the next level.

Ocean Tech Alliance Canada: A National Voice for the Blue Economy

In a banner year for Canada, when science and state are more aligned than ever before, we owe our future generations the courtesy of protecting the natural wonder of our North by shining a light on its limitations before pursuing its opportunities. If we don’t act soon, we risk losing control over a defining piece of our 150-year identity that is melting away before our very eyes into the pages of history.

The Great Thaw: our melting Arctic must be monitored and Canada should lead the way

Big Data. Big Solutions.

Long-term, continuous scientific data from the ocean environment are gathered by Ocean Networks Canada and made available through Oceans 2.0—a powerful online data management system. Oceans 2.0, combined with high-performance computing, allows ONC to provide ocean analytics that assist researchers, communities, industry, and policy-makers in making evidence-based decisions in Canada and globally.

Earthquake Data



EMPOWER System Architecture Diagram

With hundreds of instruments monitoring Canada’s marine environment, ONC gathers the same amount of data as the Hubble Telescope. Turning a firehose of high resolution data into useful knowledge is the challenge of the century. ONC’s robust and sophisticated data management system, Oceans 2.0, is already recognized as a state-of-the-art ocean management tool for marine decision-making, and it’s about to get even better.

Taking ocean data to the next level: custom web services for marine decision-making

Along Canada’s west coast, there is a delicate balance to preserve between human use of the environment, such as shipping and fishing, and the resilience of the local ecosystems. Research into sustainable practices is increasingly vital to communities, organizations and governments as they seek the best management paths forward.

The University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) and the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) have announced the successful recipients of research grants supported jointly by the two organizations.

UVic, UBC researchers receive ONC/MEOPAR grants to study local marine environments

Members of the media are invited to an international workshop led by Ocean Networks Canada, an initiative of the University of Victoria, where scientists will discuss the importance of obtaining accurate and reliable data from ocean-observing systems for ocean acidification. Ocean acidification occurs when atmospheric carbon dioxide dissolves in the ocean, making seawater more acidic. A more acidic ocean has a detrimental impact on marine animals that form calcium carbonate shells, like juvenile oysters, clams and mussels. In a more acidic ocean, shell growth can be stunted and survival rates decreased.

International ocean acidification workshop



30 Apr to 3 May 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Offshore Technology Conference
30 Apr to 4 May 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! SOLAS Scientific Steering Committee Meeting
7 to 9 May 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! 8th International Symposium on Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences
13 to 16 May 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! World Conference on Marine Biodiversity
14 to 16 May 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! BCTECH Summit
14 to 17 May 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Seismological Society of America (SSA) Annual Meeting
27 to 31 May 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! EuroNoise 2018
2 to 4 Jun 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! 4th Ocean Radar Conference for Asia-Pacific (ORCA)
4 to 8 Jun 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! PICES 2018 Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans Symposium
10 to 14 Jun 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! CMOS 2018 Halifax
10 to 15 Jun 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! ISOPE Conference
10 to 15 Jun 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! ASLO 2018 Summer Meeting
16 to 21 Jun 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Resources for Future Generations 2018
19 Jun to 3 Jul 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Wiring the Abyss Expedition 2018
24 to 26 Jun 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Arctic Observing Summit (AOS)
25 to 29 Jun 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! 11th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering
3 to 9 Jul 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! PICES Summer School 2018
21 Jul to 6 Aug 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Wiring the Abyss Expedition 2018