About Ocean Networks Canada

Ocean Networks Canada operates the world-leading NEPTUNE and VENUS cabled ocean observatories for the advancement of science and the benefit of Canada. These 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 NEPTUNE regional observatory and VENUS coastal observatory 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 real time. The Ocean Networks Canada Innovation Centre (previously called the ONC Centre for Enterprise and Engagement)—one of Canada’s Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and research—promotes the advanced technologies developed by NEPTUNE and VENUS.  Together with the Innovation Centre, ONC operates a community observatory in the Arctic Ocean offshore Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.


To be a world leading organization that advances innovative science and technology


To enable transformative ocean observatory research for the advancement of science and technology and for the benefit of Canada


Serve and grow the user communities | Deliver reliable infrastructure | Expand innovation through commercialization and new technology

Read the 2016-2021 strategic plan

Read the 2013-2018 strategic plan

Ocean Networks Canada: By the Numbers (as of January 2016)

  • 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 the the 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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