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.

A team of international researchers plan to turn the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into rock by permanently injecting it beneath the Earth’s ocean floor through an ambitious, new research partnership announced today by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) at the University of Victoria. The $1.5 million, four-year PICS Theme Partnership entitled “Solid Carbon: A Climate Mitigation Partnership Advancing Stable Negative Emissions” brings together researchers from Canada, the United States and Europe. The team aims to combine state-of-the-art technologies in a way that has never been conceived until now, to deliver safe and reliable carbon dioxide (CO2) removal.

Rock solid climate solutions: Negative emissions technology

During this 2-week expedition aboard the Canadian Coast Guard Vessel John P. Tully, a team of 17 scientists, engineers, technicians and data specialists will conduct operations to maintain, install and improve infrastructure and instrumentation on ONC's cabled observing networks, with the support of Pelagic Research Services ROV Odysseus.

Watch Live: Wiring the Abyss Expedition 10 – 24 September

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

Once every ten years, the OceanObs conference brings people from all over the world together to communicate the progress of ocean observing networks and to chart innovative solutions to society’s growing needs for ocean information and governance in the coming decade. OceanObs’19 includes an Indigenous Ocean Governance Forum for the very first time.

An Indigenous Ocean Governance Forum at OceanObs’19 in Hawaii

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



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
2 to 5 Dec 2019, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! ArcticNet 2019
9 to 12 Dec 2019, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Marine Mammal Science Conference
9 to 13 Dec 2019, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! AGU 2019