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.

Deploying and maintaining the Internet-connected ocean is a complex and ambitious undertaking. For starters, water and electronics do not play well together and the crushing deep sea pressure makes it impossible for humans to survive at depths below ~100 metres without a submersible. Then factor in wind, weather, currents, tides, the technical challenges of innovative ocean observing infrastructure, and seasonal access. Despite all this, ONC has been successfully bringing continuous real-time ocean data to the surface since 2006. Scroll through this interactive ESRI story map to see highlights of successes achieved in 2019.

Expedition 2019: Highlights Story Map

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

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.

To celebrate the first anniversary of Ocean Networks Canada’s (ONC) home at the University of Victoria’s ocean-climate building at the Queenswood campus—which officially launched on 10 January 2019—we unveiled a stunning commissioned artwork by world-renowned Coast Salish artist Luke Marston. Born into a family of artists, Marston has been carving since he was a child. In 2015, Marston created a large bronze sculpture in Stanley Park commemorating the adventures of Gas Town pioneer Portuguese Joe Silvey and his Coast Salish family. Read more about the piece and get a behind-the-scenes look at Luke's work. 


Celebrating Queenswood’s first anniversary with Coast Salish Art

The final land-based Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) sensors have been installed, completing this advanced seismic infrastructure for British Columbia's alerting system. The system, now ready for commissioning, includes eight seafloor EEW sensors installed on the Cascadia subduction zone, providing real time data on earthquakes—a first on the seafloor off the coast of North America. 36 land-based EEW sites on Vancouver Island help to pin down high magnitude earthquakes.

Drop, cover, and hold on

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



Dr. Phil Hill, former director at the Geological Survey of Canada’s Pacific division, is Ocean Network Canada’s latest visiting scientist.

Visiting scientist to focus on marine geohazard research and data

Ocean Networks Canada is seeking input from the research community to formulate a new and bold science strategy for 2021-2030 and beyond, that will build on successes and existing strengths, launch new leading-edge research and infrastructure, and contribute to national and international science initiatives. The new decadal science strategy will guide support for observations and experiments using ONC infrastructure. Expressions of Interest are invited from all individuals or groups of researchers who wish to continue research programs or undertake new time-series studies and experiments using ONC’s ocean observing infrastructure or cyber-infrastructure. 

Call for Expressions of Interest

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



16 to 21 Feb 2020, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020