Discover the ocean.Understand the planet.

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


​Earthquake early warning receives a big boost from the Government of British Columbia.

Ocean Networks Canada to coordinate earthquake early warning system for B.C.

Evidence-Based Decision Making

The state of the ocean is an important indicator of the overall health of the planet. The ocean off of Canada’s coast and the Arctic represents the entire range of marine environments found in every ocean system on the planet. This makes Ocean Networks Canada’s data relevant to a global market.

Ice Berg

ONC is working together with northern communities such as Cambridge Bay and Deception Bay to research the impact of sea ice processes.

Sea Ice Research and its Benefits

Over 5000 ocean scientists gather for AGU’s 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting in New Orleans.

AGU's Ocean Sciences Meeting 2016

The Internet-Connected Ocean

Ocean Networks Canada monitors key regions off the west coast of Canada and in the Arctic—continuously gathering data in realtime for scientific research to help communities, government, and industry make informed decisions about our future.

System Status

  •   Database
  •   Data Acquisition
  •   Oceans 2.0

Building a Smarter Ocean

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

Today, Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) completed installation of a community ocean observatory and two land-based high-frequency radar stations within Ts’msyen Territory at Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Similar observatories were installed at Kitamaat Village and Campbell River.

Visit the Prince Rupert Community Observatory.

New ocean observatory and radar for Prince Rupert

Over the last week in March, Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) installed a new community ocean observatory at Kitamaat Village, on the northern coast of British Columbia.

New observatory comes to Kitamaat Village

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) installed a new community observatory at the Discovery Pier in Campbell River, within Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw and Coast Salish territories in the Strait of Georgia.

ONC installs new ocean observatory at Campbell River

Big Data. Big Solutions.

Long term, continous 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 us to manage, mine, analyze and visualize these data to provide ocean analytics for researchers, communities, industry, and policy-makers to make evidence-based decisions in Canada and globally.

Earthquake Data



Ocean Networks Canada seafloor and land-based sensors recorded a magnitude 4.8 earthquake in the Strait of Georgia, just before midnight on 29 December.​

South coast communities feel the shake!

A look at how ONC plays an active role in the local community. We use our knowledge and tools to help others discover the ocean and understand the planet.

Ocean Networks Canada: Big Science for the Salish Sea



28 Apr to 5 May 2016, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Inshore Expedition
29 to 30 Apr 2016, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! ONC Ocean Science Symposium
10 to 29 May 2016, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Offshore Expedition
8 Jun 2016 (All day) Watch Live! World Oceans Day
12 to 26 Jun 2016, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Offshore Expedition
25 to 27 Jul 2016, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! INCISE Submarine Canyon Symposium