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Blue Economy Strategy

Canada has an opportunity to harness its ocean growth potential by building back better—and bluer. Growing a sustainable blue economy requires a strategy to create jobs in coastal communities while ensuring our oceans remain healthy.


Canada is a coastal nation. Over 7 million people live along our shorelines.

We rely on the ocean for food, for jobs, for transport, and for recreation.

Anyone just needs to stand by the ocean to realize its vastness, its power and its potential.

It’s such a part of our Canadian identity.

Our ocean industries generate over thirty-one and a half billion dollars in GDP every year.

Industries like fisheries, trade and transport, tourism, clean growth, aquaculture, research, science and new technologies.

We want to grow these industries and create new opportunities for coastal Canada.

That’s why we’re creating the sustainable Blue Economy Strategy.

It will guide future investments and polices toward stronger protection, more production and greater prosperity.

It will be inclusive, effective, and modern.

We’re meeting with Canadians from coast to coast to coast to hear how we can get more people trained and employed in a sustainable, inclusive Blue Economy.

So let’s get to work Canada.

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Canada's Blue Economy

Canadians depend on our oceans for leisure, sustenance, and their livelihood. Our ocean sectors contribute approximately $31.7 billion annually in gross domestic product and account for close to 300,000 jobs.

Online engagement: open now!

Learn about the Blue Economy Strategy and how you can shape its development. All Canadians have a vested interest in determining how to sustainably grow our ocean sectors while keeping our oceans healthy.

Let your views be known on our discussion questions on topics that interest you until June 15, 2021.

Share your views

Join the blue economy discussion

We want you to have a say in the development of our Blue Economy Strategy, including those in:

  • oceans sectors
  • coastal and Indigenous communities
  • environmental groups, and
  • other governments (provincial, territorial, Indigenous, municipal)

Read our engagement paper. There’s also a toolkit to help you host a discussion.

SBE Conference

Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, from November 26 to 28, 2018.

Canada's oceans agenda

Steps to ensure we have safer, cleaner and healthier oceans.

Outlook to 2027

Presents the results of a dynamic simulation model and more.

Canada's fish and seafood exports

Canada exported fish and seafood products worldwide.

Economic Contribution of Canada’s Marine Sectors

The tables presented estimates of the economic contribution.

Ocean Technologies

Cross cutting advanced technology industry focused on products and services.

Oil and Gas

Oil and gas offshore exploration and development.

Port infrastructure

Ports, port fees, Canada Port Authorities, small craft harbours, anchorages.

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