Canada’s Ocean Literacy Strategy will provide a landscape analysis of the current state of ocean literacy in Canada. It will also provide recommendations to advance ocean literacy in Canada in the future (with a focus on increasing ocean positive behaviours). These recommendations will be based on the research being conducted—our pan-Canadian regional document scan, ocean literacy mapping, and Canadian Ocean Literacy Survey.

The development of a national strategy and key recommendations is based on three areas of inquiry:

  1. Current state of ocean literacy in Canada, including knowledge, activities, and practices across diverse regions and sectors, as well as which audiences are being reached (and which are being missed).
  2. Current gaps, barriers, and enablers to ocean literacy in Canada.
  3. Canadians’ current knowledge, values, and actions pertaining to the ocean’s importance and its impact on us and our impact on it.

Using the Ocean Literacy Strategy

The strategy will be used by policy and decision makers, educators, scientists, community groups or organizations, and Canadians interested in ocean literacy.

  • Government agencies and departments (local, provincial, territorial, and federal governments)
  • Businesses
  • Non-Government Organizations (NGOs)
  • Funding organizations
  • Universities, colleges, and ministries of education
  • Social and cultural organizations

The regional recommendations, effective practices, opportunities for growth, and current knowledge outlined in the strategy will inform the creation of new programs and initiatives. It will also inform changes to existing programs, funding priorities, and overall strategic direction/priorities of related initiatives.

National Benefits and Contributions

The national strategy will advance ocean literacy in Canada by promoting the diverse and unique ways in which ocean literacy is emerging within and across our country. The strategy will encourage government agencies, NGOs, businesses, and other organizations to improve their programs and policies. It will also support ocean literacy and engage Canadians in developing a civic relationship with the ocean.

International Benefits and Contributions

The strategy will support Canada, as a whole, to reduce its negative ocean footprint. Canada will also be an example to other countries in the international community, showcasing how ocean literacy includes knowledge from multiple sources (Indigenous, local, experiential, etc.). The Canadian strategy signals a new, collaborative, and inclusive approach to ocean literacy.