In 2020, a pilot Ocean Week Canada program was launched to encourage collaboration and communication amongst the many communities in Canada already planning and hosting day-long or week-long programming to celebrate World Ocean(s) Day. An initial steering committee of partners from across the country was formed to lay the groundwork for a more coordinated national effort to highlight, support, and grow regional celebrations while at the same time collaborate on some co-identified national events, all with the aim to extend the reach, diversity, and impact of Ocean Week events.
Ocean Week Canada is also grounded in the work led by the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition (COLC). On March 16, 2021 COLC launched Land, Water, Ocean, Us: A Canadian Ocean Literacy Strategy and accompanying Implementation Plan: Pathways for Collaboration, in which growing ‘Ocean Week Canada’ is identified as one of 9 Action Streams 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. COLC serves as a coordinating entity for Action Team members, funding partners, and event collaborators.