The blue economy is a space of immense opportunity.

The Canada’s Ocean Supercluster’s broad definition of the blue economy is inclusive of energy and indicates the wealth of opportunities that fall under the blue economy career umbrella. Defined by the World Bank as “the viable and equitable utilization of ocean resources for improving livelihoods, preserving the environment and economic growth”, the value proposition for blue economy career paths is evident. Talent-wise, this industry holds value for a robust diverse and inclusive pipeline, with meaningful commitments to Indigenous and minoritized group presence.

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) Talent Strategy promotes the establishment of a talent pool, and the accelerated development of a robust, diverse, and workforce-ready talent pipeline with an identified skillset that allows them to participate, scale, and lead in the blue economy. The Talent Strategy positions the OSC as a catalyst and a hub, effectively bringing together the many established workforce spokes that exist across the green and blue economies in talent training and development spaces.

By mapping these initiatives, heightening their visibility, and effectively using them as foundational building blocks for identified next steps, pan-Canadian connectivity is supported, and silos are discouraged. This approach leverages voices of multiple stakeholders, and ensures existing programming is utilized and leveraged, and duplicitous efforts are understood for their regional value, and are minimized nationally.

Ongoing identification of talent gaps and opportunities to work cross-collaboratively are maximized through membership surveys, in-house talent reports, and the Cluster Workforce Growth Council (comprised of 14 diverse experts representing a mix of provinces, various levels of government and non-profit involvement) who offer unique lenses on workforce development in their talent space. These identified gaps form the priority queue of recommended projects for the OSC.

Ocean Careers Portal

Curious about how to get started in Ocean Careers?

The Career Hub is a searchable database of 600+ ocean opportunities that include job boards, youth opportunities, career events, career profiles, education, and internships by province or remote locations.   

If you have an additional resource to add, please email contact@oceansupercluster.ca to have it included in our searchable database 

#StoryToTell: Talent

See What’s Happening in Talent with our Feature Ecosystem Partners

The BioAlliance is a private sector-led not-for-profit organization dedicated to building the bioscience industry on Prince Edward Island. By working collaboratively with our partners, we have created a unique environment that promotes excellence in research and provides strong leadership and business support to companies at all stages.

The Centre for Ocean Applied Sustainable Technologies (COAST) is Pacific Canada’s hub for the sustainable blue economy.

The Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) brings together people, ideas, and resources that propel Canada’s marine technology sector.

Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOP) is an international program endorsed by the UN Ocean Decade to elevate and strengthen the diverse perspectives of new generations of ocean professionals.

Imagine-marine is a bilingual, national marine careers awareness portal aimed at young people and second career seekers.

Spearheaded and managed by Technopole maritime du Québec (TMQ), MeRLIN is an industrial network dedicated to innovation in the shipping and port sectors. The network aims to provide greater access to R&D expertise as it seeks to facilitate the implementation of innovative projects that address the challenges of the maritime industry.

Novarium brings companies, investors and the scientific community together around a business ecosystem geared toward developing opportunities, sharing knowledge and creating national and international exposure.

Explore Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging in the Sustainable Ocean Economy.

Oceans Advance is a connection point to the ocean technology innovation ecosystem in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The South Island Prosperity Partnership (SIPP) is an alliance of over 70 public and private-sector partners in Greater Victoria.

The Launch is the Marine Institute’s hub of ocean innovation, discovery, and leadership, providing a collaborative and inclusive space for Canada’s ocean stakeholders and rights holders to operationalize the vital technology needed to support ocean health and economic prosperity from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

The PIER, established by the Halifax Port Authority, is a sector-focused living lab for maritime transportation and logistics.

Find career pathways in the Marine Industry for newcomers, women, Indigenous and youth.

Learn about careers in the blue economy and the market outlook for each​.

Find innovative training and upskilling initiatives for youth ages 18-30

Ocean Wise is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower communities and individuals to take action to protect and restore our world’s oceans.

Supports cost-effective student-led exploratory AI and machine learning projects that allow companies to more easily use data to make decisions, optimize operations, and create new products, processes or services.

ECO Canada is the destination for all environmental employment programs and services in Canada.  From job creation and wage funding, to training and labour market research – they champion the end-to-end career of an environmental professional.

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