About Ocean Networks Canada

Established in 2007 as a major initiative of the University of Victoria, Ocean Networks Canada operates world-leading ocean observatories for the advancement of science and the benefit of Canada. The observatories collect data on physical, chemical, biological, and geological aspects of the ocean over long time periods, supporting research on complex Earth processes in ways not previously possible.

The observatories provide unique scientific and technical capabilities that permit researchers to operate instruments remotely and receive data at their home laboratories anywhere on the globe in realtime. These facilities extend and complement other research platforms and programs, whether currently operating or planned for future deployment.


ONC enhances life on Earth by providing knowledge and leadership that deliver solutions for science, society, and industry.

Read the 2016-2021 strategic plan (PDF)

ONC Annual Report 2016-2017

ONC Annual Report 2016-2017 (PDF)

Ocean Networks Canada: By the Numbers

  • 2 regional and 4 community observatories
  • 7 shore stations
  • 850+ km seafloor backbone cables
  • over 50 instrumented sites with platform 
  • 7 mobile instrument platforms
  • 400 instruments containing over 5000 sensors online 24/7/365
  • 2006 – the year data began to flow from the VENUS observatory in Saanich Inlet
  • 500+ terabytes of data archived in over 26 million files
  • 280 gigabytes of data collected every day
  • 35 gigabytes of data are distributed every day
  • $0.00 – your cost to use the data

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