This ocean supercluster will drive market growth, startup development, export development, job creation, research, and commercialization that will change and improve ocean-based industries.

The partnership is coming together in the best place in the world to build an innovative ocean supercluster – Atlantic Canada, home to world-class companies, researchers, scientists, and entrepreneurs.

  • Canada has more ocean resources than most other countries in the world.
  • The ocean economy, accounts for 15-20 per cent of Atlantic Canada's economy.
  • This region is home to companies in all sectors of the ocean economy.
  • We have a global reputation for ocean science and ocean technology solutions.
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Why an ocean supercluster?

This is an industry-led proposal, focused on building upon Canada's world-class ocean-related business activity, research capacity, and proven technology expertise. We aim to:

  • Improve the productivity and global competitiveness of our ocean industries.
  • Invest in digital ocean technologies and capabilities.
  • Drive growth across Canada's ocean sector.
  • Foster commercialization and ocean-related startups.
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What does this mean to me?

The Innovation Superclusters Initiative will invest up to $950 million between 2017–2022 to support three to five business-led innovation superclusters with the greatest potential to energize the economy and become engines of growth. This is a significant investment for Canada, a chance to super-charge innovation in this sector, and a big opportunity for Atlantic Canada.

The Federal Government has created a short-list of potential superclusters, but it will ultimately only invest in three to five. The competition for investment will be intense, and the Ocean Supercluster must now develop a full proposal by the end of November to compete for investment.

What can I do to get involved?

  1. Download our backgrounder and learn more here.
  2. Send questions or requests to get involved to
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  • The Ocean Supercluster team sharing the vision of a strong ocean economy in Atlantic Canada on October 30, 2017 in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • The Ocean Supercluster team visiting ocean clusters in Norway.
  • An Ocean Supercluster technology workshop in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

What is the Government of Canada's Supercluster initiative?

The Innovation Superclusters Initiative will invest up to $950 million in three to five superclusters across Canada over the next 5 years. This investment will have many benefits for Canada:

  • Creating the world’s smartest and most innovative ocean economy;
  • Increased investment in research and development;
  • The development of new products and services;
  • The growth and creation of ocean enterprises; and
  • The critical mass of innovative entrepreneurial activity that will make the supercluster a global innovation leader.

About the Ocean Supercluster Partnership

The Ocean Supercluster is an industry-led partnership to jump-start the sustainable development of our ocean economy. Anticipated partners include:

  • Leading companies working in the ocean: Emera, Clearwater, Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador (PRNL), Cuna del Mar, Irving Shipbuilding, and IBM.
  • Innovative ocean tech SMES like: Aspin Kemp, Kraken Sonar, Leeway Marine, Metamaterials, Nova Communications, Ocean Works, radient360, Teledyne CARIS, and Virtual Marine.
  • Renowned research institutions like: Dalhousie University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, University of New Brunswick, University of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia Community College, the Ocean Frontier Institute, the Huntsman Marine Institute, National Research Council Canada (NRC), Royal Canadian Navy, C-CORE, the Fundy Ocean Centre for Energy (FORCE), and multiple federal departments and labs.

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