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.

Tanner crabs observed feasting at a bubbling methane seep on the deep seafloor in the northeast Pacific Ocean may be developing a way to adapt to climate change, says a marine ecologist from the University of Victoria whose work with Oregon-based researchers establishes for the first time that a commercially-harvested species is feeding on the energy source.

Methane-snacking crabs suggest hedge against climate change

Leveraging science for public good is at the heart of Ocean Networks Canada’s work. ONC’s vision—to provide knowledge and leadership that deliver solutions for science, society and industry—took a big leap forward with a recent announcement to host the World Data System International Technology Office at Queenswood, ONC’s new home at the University of Victoria’s Ocean-Climate Building.

Science for public good: new World Data System International Technology Office opens at University of Victoria

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

Four positions will open this year on the ONC Board of Directors and qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Interested individuals may apply for election as a Director by submitting their resume by Friday, 1 March 2019.

Ocean Networks Canada Launches Call for Board Nominations

World-leading ocean and climate researchers at the University of Victoria have a new centre where they will continue producing the critical knowledge used by communities, governments and industry for sustainable ocean management and to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The $9.5 million Ocean-Climate Building at Queenswood establishes a new research and technology site within walking distance of the UVic campus.

New UVic location for world-leading ocean and climate research



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