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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:

Central and Arctic Region

The Central and Arctic Region has 4.4 million km of shoreline in the Arctic alone. We're home to the largest freshwater ecosystem on the planet with:

Our team is:

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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