The ocean is the determining life system on the planet. It plays a critical role in the overall well-being of all Canadians. Greater understanding and appreciation of the ocean benefits all aspects of life in Canada.
Ocean literacy involves understanding our impact on the ocean and the ocean’s impact on us.
It also involves developing a civic relationship with the ocean.
The Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition (COLC) is leading a Canada-wide research initiative. Taking the pulse of ocean literacy in Canada involves examining ocean knowledge, values, and actions. This initiative will lead to a better understanding of Canadians’ relationship(s) with the ocean, different approaches and challenges to ocean literacy, and effective ways to promote positive ocean actions.
Learn more about our work and how to get involved!

Ocean Literacy Map

Ocean Literacy Survey

Ocean Literacy Strategy

Other Project Collaborations

Science Literacy Week 2019

CJEE Special Edition 2020: Ocean Literacy For All

Ocean Week Canada 2020

Thanks to our Funding Partners

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Canadian Museum of Nature
Ocean Frontier Institute
Students on Ice
Ocean Wise

Clean Foundation
Stratos Inc
NIVA
Baffinland
Oceans North
Mitacs