Driving innovation in the ocean economy

The federal government and private sector's co-investment in the Ocean Supercluster positions Canada to become a global leader in the knowledge-based ocean economy.

Ocean resources are one of Canada's most significant potential advantages, with the longest coastline and the fourth largest ocean territory in the world. The Ocean Supercluster will foster new partnerships with industry, post-secondary, government, and other partners, including indigenous communities, to accelerate innovation and commercialization and to drive increased sustainable economic growth from our oceans.

The opportunity

Today, Canada derives relatively less economic benefit from the ocean than other nations. There is tremendous potential to better leverage science and technology in Canada's ocean sectors and to build a digitally-powered, knowledge-based ocean economy.

The Ocean Supercluster recognizes that ocean strengths and capabilities—largely in the Atlantic Provinces—can be leveraged to accelerate the development and benefits of ocean resources for all of Canada.

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Collaborating for success

The Ocean Supercluster is a national undertaking, with investment from companies across Canada, partnerships with post-secondary institutions, indigenous groups, and international partners.

The partnership spans fisheries, aquaculture, oil and gas, marine bio products, transportation, defence, marine renewables, and ocean technology. Companies are collaborating to define a shared innovation roadmap based on common challenges and requirements.

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:

  • Strengthen links between ocean-based value chains and providers of enabling technologies
  • Develop, deploy, and export innovative technology platforms applicable to multiple ocean industries
  • Fill capability gaps in the innovation ecosystem through the attraction, recruitment, training, and retention of diverse, highly qualified personnel
  • Extend the global reach, attraction, network and market opportunities for Ocean Supercluster partners
  • Address global challenges related to sustainability, reducing carbon foot-print and improving energy efficiency

What does this mean for Canada?

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) projects that the ocean economy will more than double in size by 2030. The impact of this growth will be profound around the world and give Canada the opportunity to spur the development and adoption of technologies that will support both higher value output from ocean resources and greater sustainability in established and emerging ocean sectors.

The Ocean Supercluster will focus investment on industrial, technical, and scientific innovation that will energize the economy and result in improved sustainability outcomes including a lower carbon footprint, better energy efficiency, and improved resource management.

About the ocean supercluster partnership

The Ocean Supercluster is a private sector-led partnership concentrated largely in Atlantic Canada that brings companies together to boost innovation and modernization in Canada's ocean industries. Companies from different ocean sectors will co-invest to adopt and commercialize technologies to solve shared challenges. The Ocean Supercluster will also invest to develop talent, improve supply chain opportunities, and foster more ocean start-ups to build the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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