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.
Ocean Week Canada is nationally coordinated by the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition (COLC) project office. COLC is an alliance of organizations, networks, institutions, and communities working together to better understand and advance ocean literacy in Canada.
On March 16, 2021, COLC launched Land, Water, Ocean, Us: A Canadian Ocean Literacy Strategy. There are 9 action areas outlined to advance ocean literacy in Canada over the course of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). Action Stream #4 is dedicated to growing Ocean Week Canada. Learn more and read the National Strategy.
Ocean Week Canada was first piloted in June 2021 with 22 virtual national events attended by over 20,000 Canadians, and viewed by over 100,000 post-event.
Along with a collaborative program of national events and activities held during the week of World Ocean Day, community-scale events taking place across the country are also promoted through the Ocean Week Canada website and the network of partner communications. Unique to 2022, Ocean Week Canada is kicking off a summer-long Ocean Festival that will lay a foundation of ocean awareness as Canada gears up to host the Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5) in Vancouver. Learn more about the Ocean Festival.