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. Widely accepted internationally, ocean literacy is defined as understanding our impact on the ocean and the ocean’s impact on us.
The Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition’s (COLC) primary project since our inception in 2018 has been to lead a Canada-wide research initiative to better understand Canadians’ varying relationships with the ocean and to examine how ocean literacy (OL) is understood and practiced across different regions and sectors. The aim of this work is to establish a baseline seascape of OL in Canada, and in so doing, to co-develop an evidence-based national OL strategy and implementation plan.
Regional and national reports to emerge from our Understanding Ocean Literacy in Canada study are now available to consult in the report folders below.

Regional Reports

National  Reports

Other Project Collaborations

Oceans Week Canada 2020

CJEE Special Edition 2020: Ocean Literacy For All

The Heart of our Biosphere: a CC UNESCO publication

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