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About the Science Sector and resources

Learn about the Science Sector, professional science network and our regional science facilities.

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About the Science Sector

The Ecosystems and Oceans Science Sector (also known as the Science Sector) is part of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). It's an active part of Canada's science and technology community.

Careers in the Science Sector are devoted to:

In pursuit of scientific excellence in service to Canadians, we're over 2,000:

Our Science Culture in Fisheries and Oceans Canada thrives when employees are engaged.

Our mandate includes:

Science Sector team duties include:

The Science Sector offers meaningful and rewarding work while providing a safe, healthy and respectful work environment.

Regional science facilities

Leading edge research is conducted in science facilities across Canada in 6 regions. The headquarters of the Science Sector and the Canadian Hydrography Service are located in the National Capital Region (NCR) in Ottawa.

Newfoundland and Labrador Region

Newfoundland and Labrador is an ideal place to study ocean science research. The region has 29,000 km of coastline and a 2.5 million square kilometre continental shelf.

There are virtually limitless opportunities for fieldwork, as our research supports:

Maritimes Region

The Maritimes Region research facilities include:

We've amassed a wealth of biological, physical and chemical oceanographic expertise to report on:

Gulf Region

The Gulf Region science team offers world-class science, allowing us to plan for decades to come. We:

Our work supports tens of thousands of Canadians who make a living as commercial fish harvesters or enjoy fishing recreationally.

Quebec Region

Quebec scientists have access to more than 70 laboratories, including a state-of-the-art wet lab. These scientists have made notable advances, including:

For the last 30 years, the teams at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute have been providing:

Ontario and Prairie Region

The Ontario and Prairie Region is home to 57% of Canada’s population and represents 63% of the national Gross Domestic Product. The region contains 5 of the 15 largest lakes in the world and 55 listed species under the Species at Risk Act. The Great Lakes alone have had more than 180 non-native species introduced.

Our team of research scientists, biologists and technicians carry out research and monitoring projects across Ontario and the 3 prairie provinces from our main bases at the Freshwater Institute in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Canada Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington, Ontario, and the Great Lakes Forestry Centre in Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario.

Our work focuses on:

The Canadian Hydrographic Service team, based in Burlington, Ontario, conducts hydrographic surveys and produces the official nautical charts and publications for the major navigable waters in both Ontario and Prairie and Arctic regions.

Arctic Region

The Arctic Region spans from the Yukon North Slope, across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, to Nunatsiavut (Northern Labrador). As the Arctic becomes more accessible due to climate change, we’re increasing our capacity in the North to better support collaborative work with Inuit, First Nations and Métis partners, provincial and territorial governments and all Northerners. Together, we’re working to meet local needs and priorities.

In support of those goals, our scientists deliver research programs, both in the field and in the lab, that are focused on Arctic marine and freshwater ecosystem science including:

Pacific Region

The research topics under investigation in the Pacific Region include:

National Capital Region

The NCR administers and coordinates DFO's science initiatives across the country.

Working in close collaboration with regional research teams, the NCR encompasses expertise in all science areas covered by DFO's mandate, such as:

Among others, the NCR is responsible for the development and administration of:

Science Early Career Network

As an employee in the ecosystems and oceans Science Sector, you may join the Science Early Career Network (SECN). This organization engages early career science professionals in strengthening science through:

The network's vision is to establish a strong and connected workforce. This benefits the sector as a whole through activities such as:

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