What is the Ocean Supercluster (OSC)?

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is an industry-led and government-supported partnership committed to growing Canada’s position as the leader in the global ocean economy.

What will the OSC achieve?

Canada-wide CollaborationWith investment from members in 9 provinces and 1 territory, the OSC is fostering industry driven collaboration across the country not seen before now. By breaking down silos and building a network of multiple connection points for its members, the OSC will strengthen and foster national relationships.

Job Creation and Economic Acceleration – The OSC is investing in collaborative Technology Leadership projects and Innovation Ecosystem activities that will attract world class talent and develop a stronger more inclusive talent pool as our ocean industries transform. The OSC aims to address shared talent challenges, create up to 3000 new jobs by 2030, boost the national GDP by $14 billion, and double the number of new ocean tech startups for a stronger future of ocean innovation.

Scaleable Commercial Outcomes – By facilitating partnerships between anchor firms, research institutions and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) the OSC is a new channel to grow global supply chain opportunities. Designed to provide a clear line of sight into large industries’ commercial needs, it provides an opportunity for Canada’s ocean organizations to grow their core competencies and commercialize across multiple ocean industries.

Where does the OSC get its funding from?

The OSC receives funding from direct industry investment and the federal government’s Innovation Superclusters Initiative (ISI) program. As part of the ISI program, the OSC is required to match the federal government’s contribution of $153 million with private sector investment, bringing the total investment to over $300 million. Industry is investing significant resources in projects and cluster building. Associate members are contributors to a strong cluster and are actively engaged in project development.

How does the OSC fund activity?

The OSC funds activities initiated by industry members, as well as capacity building projects initiated internally by members. Industry Members can bring forward collaborative Technology Leadership projects for OSC approval that can be matched up to 1:1 with federal funding. Capacity building projects to enhance resources, connections, and market opportunities are funded through the OSC's Innovation Ecosystem pillar.

What happens after five years?

If the OSC is successful, it will generate enough return on investment and business impact to continue to operate as a vital engine of economic growth at the conclusion of its first five years.

How can companies express their interest in membership?

Companies who are interested in becoming an OSC member can express their interest using our online form.

For additional information on membership, download our membership FAQ document. Or contact Membership@OceanSupercluster.com