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.

Senior staff scientist Fabio De Leo presented a talk on ONC’s potential to host a new research program based on sustained observations of deep-sea meroplankton at a workshop hosted at University of Aveiro in Portugal during the last week of May.

Going deep on meroplankton

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

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

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

Ocean Networks Canada president/CEO Kate Moran is profiled in BC Shipping News magazine’s June issue.

ONC president/CEO provides industry insight in interview



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28 Jul to 3 Aug 2019, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Cambridge Bay Maintenance
28 to 30 Aug 2019, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Radiowave Oceanography Workshop
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