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.

During this 2-week expedition aboard the Canadian Coast Guard Vessel John P. Tully using Pelagic Research Services ROV Odysseus, a team of 17 scientists, engineers, technicians and data specialists will conduct operations to maintain, install and improve infrastructure and instrumentation on Ocean Networks Canada’s cabled observing networks in the Salish Sea, and deep sea offshore sites at Barkley Canyon, Endeavour, Cascadia Basin, and Clayoquot Slope.

Watch Live: Wiring the Abyss Leg 1, 7 – 21 May 2019

Ocean Networks Canada’s underwater cameras allow us to make visual observations in ocean environments that are difficult to access or study on a regular basis.

Underwater cameras: a window to the deep sea

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.

In July 2018, Ocean Networks Canada hosted 25 early career scientists from 11 countries⎯including Australia, Brazil, Switzerland, Ecuador, Germany and Greece⎯to attend a summer school on “Coastal Ocean Observatory Science” in Victoria, British Columbia.

An International summer school for marine scientists

On May 7, 2018, Ocean Networks Canada and EMSO ERIC signed an important new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Victoria, BC. The MoU formalises and further strengthens the already close collaborative relationship between ONC and EMSO ERIC at both the strategic and working level.

Ocean Networks Canada and EMSO ERIC sign Memorandum of Understanding

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



You’ve probably heard of the “Internet of Things”. It’s a connected network of everyday objects that talk to each other, such as cars, kitchen appliances and heart monitors. But did you know that the Internet of Things also extends deep underwater off Canada’s three coasts? Think of it as a Fitbit for the ocean. Made possible by world-leading Oceans 2.0 data management software, Ocean Networks Canada’s infrastructure is continuously monitoring the pulse and vital signs of our deep sea and coastal environments.

Oceans 2.0: An Internet of Things for the Ocean

Ocean Networks Canada will receive a $7.2 million boost to advance its ocean observatory science and technology activities, the Canada Foundation for Innovation announced today.

Funding boost helps advance ocean intelligence

On 7 March 2019, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced an investment of $1.5 million per year to support the Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System (CIOOS). An additional $2 million over four years will be provided by the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR).

The Launch of a Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System



2 Jun 2019 (All day) Watch Live! World Oceans Day & Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea 10th Birthday
8 Jun 2019, 11:00 - 15:00 PDT Watch Live! World Oceans Day in the Gorge
9 Jun 2019, 11:00 - 16:00 PDT Watch Live! World Oceans Day at Fisherman's Wharf
11 to 14 Jun 2019, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! MEOPAR Annual Science Meeting
30 Jun to 5 Jul 2019, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Underwater Acoustics Conference & Exhibition 2019
8 to 18 Jul 2019, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! CMOS/IUGG
28 Jul to 3 Aug 2019, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Cambridge Bay Maintenance