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Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition

Empowering Canadians to better understand, value, and care for the ocean

What is the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition?

Launched in 2018, the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition (COLC) is a nationally and internationally recognized catalyst and centre for ocean literacy collaboration, research, and innovation.  We convene and lead collaborative action across regions, sectors, and scales. 

Our work focuses on education and engagement, research and impact, leadership and advocacy.


Featured Projects

Click on a category to view the projects that are advancing the National Strategy

Our Impact

Check out our annual set of Impact Reports, including National Strategy, Key Initiatives, Ocean Week Canada, and Community Grants.

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What is Ocean Literacy?

Ocean Literacy is widely defined as an understanding of how the ocean influences us and how we influence the ocean.

In Canada, it is about our relationship with the ocean and the waterways that connect us, inland to the sea.

The Canadian Ocean Literacy Strategy

Published in March 2021, the National Strategy was developed by Canadians, for Canadians, through an evidence-based and community-driven engagement process in which over 400 organisations and more than 3,000 Canadians participated. The Strategy was directly informed by the findings from COLC’s national study (2019-2020) that examined how ocean literacy was understood and practiced across regions and sectors. 

Advancing the Canadian Ocean Literacy Strategy is an endorsed UN Ocean Decade Action (No. 31)

The Ocean Frontier Institute, led by Dalhousie University, serves as COLC's administrative home