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About Ocean Week Canada

June 3-12, 2022

From June 3 to June 12, 2022, we celebrated Ocean Week Canada! It’s an annual national celebration of ocean events, learning, and engagement held during the week of World Ocean Day (June 8). Through events and learning activities, we’re recognizing the important role the ocean plays in our everyday lives and how local waterways connect us all with the ocean. Help us raise public awareness and celebrate this connection to coastal areas, the ocean, and watersheds in Canada. Together, we can inspire action to ensure a healthy ocean for future generations.

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About World Ocean Day

June 8

The World Ocean Day initiative was initially conceived by Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development (Halifax, NS) in 1991. It was officially launched in 1992, in partnership with the Ocean Institute of Canada, on behalf of the Government of Canada, at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Each year since the first World Ocean Day, volunteers and organizations around the world have mobilized families, schools, communities, businesses, and more to celebrate and help protect the health of the global ocean.

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About the Ocean Festival and IMPAC5

June - September, 2022

We didn't just celebrate for a week this year! In 2022, Ocean Week Canada kicked off a summer-long Ocean Festival that laid a foundation of ocean awareness as Canada gears up to host the Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5) in Vancouver in February 2023. IMPAC5 is a global forum that brings together ocean conservation professionals and officials to inform, inspire, and act on Marine Protected Areas. Check back often to find out how to make the most of your Ocean Festival experience with updates on events, important dates, and ways to get involved. Through understanding, participating in, and celebrating marine conservation efforts, we can meet our goal of protecting 30% of Canada’s ocean waters by 2030.

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About the UN Ocean Decade

2021-2030

2021-2030 marks the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The ‘Ocean Decade’ provides an opportunity and common framework for the global community to work together to transform ocean-climate knowledge into action while ensuring the sustainable and equitable use, management, and conservation of the ocean for current and future generations.

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About our Partners

What does it take to make Ocean Week Canada possible? The Ocean Week Canada and Ocean Festival partnership is led by the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition in collaboration with the IMPAC5 Secretariat. This celebration brought together 14 diverse organizations/institutions from across Canada and was made possible through a generous contribution from the Government of Canada through the Oceans Management Contribution Program.

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