Ocean Supercluster kicks into high gear

News release

Funding will help the Atlantic Canada–based supercluster create more than 3,000 jobs over 10 years

November 16, 2018 – Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

The Government of Canada is committed to growing the economy, creating good jobs and keeping Canada competitive. That is why the Government is teaming up with small, medium-sized and large companies, academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations from five high potential sectors to develop them into major engines of growth and job creation under the Innovation Superclusters Initiative.

Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced the signing of an agreement to invest up to nearly $153 million, matched dollar for dollar by the private sector, in the Atlantic Canada–based Ocean Supercluster, a group of businesses, post-secondary institutions and non-profits working together to accelerate innovation and sustainable economic growth from Canada’s oceans.

The funding agreement means the supercluster can move forward with activities to harness emerging technologies to strengthen Canada’s ocean industries such as marine renewable energy, fisheries, aquaculture, oil and gas, defence, shipbuilding and transportation. It is projected that this supercluster will create more than 3,000 jobs and add more than $14 billion to Canada’s economy over 10 years.

The Innovation Superclusters Initiative is a centrepiece of the Government of Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to prepare Canada for the innovative jobs of today and tomorrow.


“Canada’s oceans are a national treasure; they represent a unique opportunity for innovation, scientific research and sustainable business development. By bringing together small, medium-sized and large companies, academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations, we’re creating an unprecedented partnership and fostering the culture that will lead to shared business opportunities, economic growth, and the creation of thousands of good jobs.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“Just like the principle behind the Atlantic Growth Strategy, we are better when we work together. The Oceans Supercluster taps into the very heart of Nova Scotia and of all Atlantic Canada – the ocean and its resources.  By bringing together the most innovative players in our oceans industries, we’ll sustainably grow our economy and create thousands of middle class jobs.”

– The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government

“We are incredibly excited to have the contribution agreement signed and are eager to enter a new stage of the Ocean Supercluster. The team remains very focused on building our project pipeline and identifying cluster building activities. This is an incredible opportunity for the region and the country to sustainably grow the ocean economy.”

– Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Ocean Supercluster

Quick facts

  • Superclusters are dense areas of business activity where many middle-class jobs are created. They attract large and small companies that collaborate with universities, colleges and not-for-profit organizations to turn ideas into solutions that can be brought to market.

  • The Innovation Superclusters Initiative is projected to create more than 50,000 jobs and grow Canada’s GDP by more than $50 billion over the next 10 years.

  • Canada’s five superclusters—the Digital Technology Supercluster, the Protein Industries Canada Supercluster, the Next Generation Manufacturing Supercluster (NGen), the AI-Powered Supply Chains Supercluster (SCALE AI) and the Ocean Supercluster—offer ongoing opportunities for collaboration to individuals, businesses and post-secondary institutions across the country.

  • Together the five superclusters represent more than 450 businesses, 60 post-secondary institutions and 180 other participants in sectors covering 78 percent of Canada’s economy.

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Dani Keenan
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Media Relations
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