We gratefully acknowledge the tremendous support provided by our funders. Without their involvement, Ocean Networks Canada could not continue providing vital scientific data and services for our communities, governments and industry.

  • B.C. Knowledge Development Fund
  • British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development
  • Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
  • Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network (CANARIE)
  • Emergency Management BC
  • IBM Canada
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE)
  • Transport Canada
  • University of Victoria (UVic)
  • Western Economic Diversification


B.C. Knowledge Development Fund

The B.C. Knowledge Development Fund, administered through B.C.'s Ministry of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development, provides capital funding for research infrastructure for the province’s public post-secondary institutions, teaching hospitals and affiliated non-profit agencies. BCKDF provided $30.5 million in initial funding for NEPTUNE Canada in 2003, and an additional $8 million in 2006.

British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development

The Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development creates and develops educational, professional and economicopportunities for B.C.’s adults, by providing and supporting a widerange of post-secondary programs and encouraging relationships between educational institutions, business and industry. The Ministry provided $4.4 million in 2008 toward initial operating costs.

Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

CFI is an independent corporation established by the Government of Canada in 1997 to fund research infrastructure (e.g. equipment, buildings, laboratories and databases). CFI provided $31.9 million in initial funding for NEPTUNE Canada in 2003, an additional $8 million in 2006, and $4.2 million in 2008 toward initial operating costs.


CANARIE Inc. is Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network. Established in 1993, CANARIE manages an ultra high-speed network, hundreds of times faster than the internet, which facilitates leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the word. More than 39,000 researchers at nearly 200 Canadian universities and colleges use the CANARIE network, as well as scientists at many research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories throughout the country.

The advanced networking capability provided by CANARIE enables researchers to analyze massive amounts of data and find 'needles in haystacks' that can lead to important discoveries, such as cures for deadly diseases, new energy sources, and more effective ways to predict natural disasters.

CANARIE also supports the development of new tools and software that enable researchers to analyze and share very large amounts of data, collaborate more effectively, and apply research results in innovative ways. CANARIE works with researchers and developers in many scientific disciplines, across 12 regional networks in Canada, and with 100 international peer networks in more than 80 countries. These collaborations stimulate research, innovation and growth, which deliver economic, social, and cultural benefits to Canadians.

CANARIE is a non-profit corporation supported by membership fees, with major funding of its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.

CANARIE support for NEPTUNE Canada

  • In 2006, CANARIE provided $1.1 million to NEPTUNE Canada for development of new software design and architecture technologies.
  • In 2007 it provided $2.4 millions for the NEPTUNE Canada backhaul line between the shore station in Port Alberni and UVic.
  • In 2008 it granted $1,397,000 for the development of Oceans 2.0, a Web 2.0 environment.
  • In 2009, CANARIE granted $980,000 for development of an innovative Data from the Deep, Judgements from Crowds project which will establish a satellite observatory for NEPTUNE Canada and VENUS at Brentwood College School on Vancouver Island, where students will help analyze and annotate audio and video data.
  • In 2014, allocated part of a $4 million investment toward the Web-enabled Awareness Research Network (WARN) project, which will implement very fast detection of on-land and off-shore sensor data to provide key information about impending disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis.
  • In 2016, CANARIE provided $0.5 million for the development of The Research Platform for User-Defined Oceanographic Data Products. The purpose of this development is to accelerate and advance scientific research in Canada by (a) allowing researchers to access Oceans 2.0 data products through a specially designed Application Programming Interface (API), the “Oceans 2.0 API” and (b) enable researchers to define, test, use and share processing code for user-defined data products in a custom-designed programming environment, the “Oceans 2.0 Sandbox”.

IBM Canada Ltd.

In today's networked world, IBM maintains a strong and unique presence in Canada, making important contributions to this country's economy, technology leadership and the communities where we live and work.

On 14 April 2014, IBM Canada announced its collaboration with Ocean Networks Canada to equip BC coastal communities with a monitoring and prediction system to respond to offshore accidents, tsunamis and other natural disasters. IBM is investing $12 million in cloud computing infrastructure, analytics software, services and skills training to support this next phase of Smart Ocean.

IBM is one of the largest technology, services and consulting organizations in Canada. They help clients of all sizes and in all industries transform their operations through the use of technology, infusing intelligence into the systems that help run businesses, society and the world.

This intelligence makes it possible to harness the vast amount of data created by the trillions of connected devices in today's world, and turn it into knowledge that can be used to anticipate, forecast and even predict changes in our systems. This is the vision behind IBM's Smarter Planet strategy.

Canada is home to the largest team of IBM software professionals outside of the United States. Their software development lab sites in Markham, London, Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria—collectively known as the IBM Canada Lab—are responsible for delivering IBM software solutions that are used worldwide.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

NSERC is the national instrument for making strategic investments inCanada's capability in science and technology. NSERC supports both basic university research through discovery grants and project research through partnerships among universities, governments and the private sector, as well as the advanced training of highly qualified people. NSERC provided $4.2 million to NEPTUNE Canada in 2008 toward initial operating costs.

Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada (NCE)

The ONC Innovation Centre is a Centre of Excellence in Commercialization and Research (CECR) funded by the federal government under the NCE program.  There are currently 21 CECR’s across Canada, working to match clusters of research expertise with the business community. The Innovation Centre (formerly ONCCEE) received $6,576,760 for the five-year period 2009-14.

The goal of the CECR program is to create internationally recognized centres of excellence in research and commercialization in the areas of priority for the Government of Canada to deliver economic, social, health and environmental benefits to Canadians.

Transport Canada

Transport Canada is responsible for transportation policies and programs. It promotes safe, secure, efficient and environmentally-responsible transportation.

Transport Canada reports to Parliament and Canadians through the minister of Transport. It works with its portfolio partners, other government departments and jurisdictions, and industry to ensure that all parts of Canada's transportation system work well.

In 2014, Minister of Transport announced the contribution of $20 million to Ocean Networks Canada in support of their Smart Ocean Program. 

The Smart Ocean Systems is an innovative program of Ocean Networks Canada that harnesses science and research for the benefit of Canadians.  It leverages the unique capabilities of Ocean Networks Canada’s world-leading cabled ocean observatories to inform public and marine safety and enhance environmental monitoring of ocean environments.

University of Victoria (UVic)

The University of Victoria is a leading Canadian research university, and has a reputation as a centre of innovative and interdisciplinary research. UVic researchers are making major contributions, advancing and applying knowledge for the benefit of society. UVic faculty rank among the top universities in Canada in research funding from national granting councils. The University of Victoria, as host institution for NEPTUNE Canada, has provided extensive in-kind support for the project, including facilities, administrative, legal and communications support, and other services valued at $1.4 million.

Western Economic Diversification Canada

For more than 25 years, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has been working to diversify the western economy while improving the quality of life of western Canadians. Their aim to be a leader in building a strong, competitive West by focusing on business development, innovation and community development.

In 2005,  Western Economic Diversification announced $1.8 million in funding to support University of Victoria projects related to oceans research and technology.

In 14 April 2014, Western Diversification announced a federal investment of $9,127,000 to support Smart Ocean and installation of underwater observatories and high frequency radar systems planned for Campbell River, Kitimat, the Douglas Channel waterway, Prince Rupert and the Port of Vancouver.