Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition

Empowering Canadians to better understand, value, and care for the ocean

What is the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition?

The Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition (COLC) is an alliance of organizations, networks, institutions, and communities working together to better understand and advance ocean literacy in Canada.

We coordinate, lead, and support collaborative action across organizations, regions, sectors, and scales. We engage Canadians in events and celebrations, education and training, action research and impact storytelling, to ensure a healthy ocean for current and future generations.

Ocean literacy is about our relationship with the ocean and the waterways that connect us to each other and the sea.

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Advancing the National Strategy

Canadian Ocean Literacy Strategy

The National Strategy was developed by Canadians, for Canadians, through an evidence-based and community-driven engagement process in which over 400 organizations and more than 3,000 Canadians participated.

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Our Impact

What is Ocean Literacy?

Ocean literacy is widely defined as an understanding of how the ocean influences us and how we influence the ocean.

In Canada, it is about our relationship with the ocean and the waterways that connect us, inland to the sea.