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.

This July a team from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Nuu-chah-nulth Nation, with support from partners Ocean Networks Canada, embarked on a two-week Pacific seamounts expedition that uncovered the mysteries of Canada’s largest underwater volcano—Explorer seamount—at the centre of a potential Offshore Pacific Marine Protected Area.

Seamounts expedition discovers 'Coraltropolis' and scratching shark

Ocean Networks Canada hosted a group of scientists and students from around the world at the third Marine Imaging Workshop from 24-28 June at the University of Victoria. The purpose of the workshop was to continue encouraging multidisciplinary communication between researchers, industry and engineers who perform biological, geological and computer science using underwater images (photos and/or videos) to discuss the challenges and future directions in marine imaging.

Marine imaging workshop advances ocean intelligence

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.

ONC’s YouTube channel is ranked No.5 on Feedspot’s international list of “Top 10 ocean YouTube channels to follow in 2019.”

No. 5 ranking on international list of top ocean YouTube channels

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

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



Our first artist-in-residence program was an exciting, innovative and fruitful venture that helps the public understand and engage with ocean data in the Salish Sea and Fraser Delta. Visual artist and University of Victoria alum Colton Hash recently completed a six-month residency working with Ocean Networks Canada scientists and data specialists to create artistic visualizations from ocean data.

Experience ocean data through interactive art

A pilot project that provides user-friendly, local data on coastal marine traffic to Indigenous communities across Canada has been extended, as announced by the honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport on 23 July 2019.

Transport Canada extends pilot project to develop maritime information system for coastal communities

This year’s special edition of World Oceans Day on 8 June linked the themes of gender equality and ocean preservation. The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the international community to “promote gender equality and the rights of women and girls as a crucial contribution to meeting ocean challenges."

Women at the Helm: Celebrating World Oceans Day 2019



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28 to 30 Aug 2019, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Radiowave Oceanography Workshop
10 to 24 Sep 2019, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! CCGS Tully Expedition
16 to 20 Sep 2019, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Ocean Obs '19
16 to 27 Oct 2019, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! PICES Annual Meeting 2019
27 to 31 Oct 2019, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Oceans - Conference & Exposition