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.

In July 2018, a team of 48 scientists, engineers, communicators, and crew aboard the exploration vessel Nautilus conducted around-the-clock operations to maintain and expand instrumentation on Ocean Networks Canada’s cabled observing systems off Canada’s west coast.


Wiring the Abyss Leg 2: 23 July – 3 August 2018

Ocean Networks Canada is installing specialized equipment at its deepest site in the northeast Pacific Ocean to assess the location’s suitability for observing one of the universe’s most essential and difficult-to-study ingredients—neutrinos. An initiative of the University of Victoria, ONC is deploying the equipment as part of Expedition 2018: Wiring the Abyss, its annual offshore expedition to install and improve cabled observatory infrastructure. Neutrinos are one of the universe’s most essential ingredients and most abundant subatomic particles, produced by nuclear reactions from solar fusion, radioactive decay and exploding stars.

Deep space meets deep sea in summer expedition

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.

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

Ocean Networks Canada and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation are announcing the formation of a new partnership to monitor and improve the health of Burrard Inlet. The objective is to better understand the cumulative effects of climate change, industry, and development on environmental conditions in and around the inlet.

Ocean Networks Canada partners with Tsleil-Waututh Nation to monitor Burrard Inlet

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

Seamounts are underwater mountains that are home to an abundance of marine species, from cold-water corals and sponges to Bocaccio and killer whales. These ecosystems are important to maintaining biodiversity in the ocean and contribute greatly to its health. Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Haida Nation, Oceana Canada and Ocean Networks Canada are working together to further ocean research and help protect seamounts in the Pacific Ocean. The Northeast Pacific Seamounts Expedition, taking place from July 5 to 21, 2018, will explore three seamounts in the Northeast Pacific Ocean: SGaan Kinghlas-Bowie, Dellwood and Explorer.

New science mission launched to study unique seamounts in the northeast Pacific Ocean

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Haida Nation, Oceana Canada and Ocean Networks Canada announced a new partnership to share resources, knowledge and expertise to better understand and protect seamounts near the islands of Haida Gwaii. From July 5-21, 2018, Canadians can join the partners as they explore the mystery and wonder of the seamounts. The group will spend 16 days aboard the Ocean Exploration Trust’s state-of-the-art vessel, E/V Nautilus, studying three seamounts: SGaan Kinghlas-Bowie, Dellwood and Explorer.

Celebrating World Oceans Day by partnering to explore and protect mysterious underwater mountains in Canada



20 to 24 Aug 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! International Conference on Pattern Recognition 2018
9 to 13 Sep 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! 15th Deep Sea Biology Symposium
12 to 15 Sep 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Eastern Pacific Ocean Conference (EPOC)
28 Sep to 9 Oct 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Inshore/Offshore Expedition
1 to 3 Oct 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Bio Marine 2018
22 to 25 Oct 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! OCEANS 2018 MTS/IEEE Charleston
25 Oct to 5 Nov 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! PICES Annual Meeting 2018
30 Oct to 1 Nov 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! BC Emergency Prep
30 Oct to 1 Nov 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! BC Emergency Preparedness Conference
5 to 9 Nov 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Acoustical Society of America Meeting