OceansAdvance members benefit from the depth of the organization’s many collaborative relationships and partnerships with the Government of Canada. From multiple federal departments and agencies spanning the country, support for, and engagement with the Nefoundland and Labrador ocean technology innovation cluster is considerable, impactful and highly valued. 


The National Research Council (NRC) is the Government of Canada’s premier research and technology organization (RTO). Working with clients and partners, the NRC provides innovation support, strategic research, scientific and technical services.

The NRC offers access to leading technology equipment, research and training programs and  provides industry with a lower-risk way to develop innovative ideas, reduce start-up costs, and shorten time to market. Visit the NRC’s website at: http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/

The NRC Ocean, Coastal and Rivers Engineering (NRC OCRE) facilities are located in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador and supports a broad cross section of industry sectors by developing creative and practical solutions to engineering challenges in rivers, lakes and marine environments.

NRC OCRE offers specialized consulting and applied research services in ocean engineering, coastal engineering, solutions for water resources management, marine safety standards and technologies, as well as marine renewable energy assessments and technology. Its work supports industries that operate in harsh environments characterized by ice, wave, wind and cold temperature. OCRE serves the needs of clients in a variety of sectors, including: offshore oil and gas, marine transportation, marine and waterfront infrastructure, hydropower production, water resource management, standards and regulation, engineering design and construction. Our clients include start ups, technology innovators and global industry leaders. Visit NRC OCRE’s website at: http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/rd/ocre



The National Research Council-Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) is Canada’s premier innovation assistance program for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It is a vital component of the NRC, a cornerstone in Canada’s innovation system, regarded world-wide as one of the best programs of its kind. Visit NRC-IRAP’s website at: http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/irap

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The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) works to create opportunities for economic growth in Atlantic Canada by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive, by working with diverse communities to develop and diversify local economies, and by championing the strengths of Atlantic Canada. Visit ACOA’s website at: http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/

Atlantic Innovation Fund: 

Since its launch in 2001, the Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF) has been helping Atlantic Canadians compete in the global economy through the development and commercialization of new ideas, technologies, products and services. Visit the AIF website at: http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/aif

Business Development Program:

The Business Development Program (BDP) is designed to help one set up, expand or modernize a business. Focusing on small and medium-sized enterprises, the BDP provides access to capital in the form of interest-free, unsecured, repayable contributions. Not-for-profit organizations that provide support to the business community may also qualify for non-repayable assistance. Visit the BDP website at http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/eng/ImLookingFor/ProgramInformation/Pages/ProgramDetails.aspx?ProgramID=2

Atlantic Shipbuilding Action Plan

The Atlantic Shipbuilding Action Plan (ASAP) is designed to help Atlantic Canadian businesses ready themselves to take advantage of opportunities related to the Government of Canada’s renewal of the country’s naval and coast guard fleets.

These procurements, which are being carried out under the Government of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, represent a historic opportunity for job creation and growth in Atlantic Canada. Through this Action Plan, ACOA will work closely with all four Atlantic provinces, Atlantic businesses and industry associations, prime contractors, economic development organizations, and educational and research institutes to help businesses in the region understand the process and address areas such as innovation capacity, certification and workforce skills so that they are prepared to capitalize on these and other future opportunities. Visit the ASAP at: http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/eng/Pages/Atlantic-Shipbuilding-Action-Plan.aspx



Export Development Canada (EDC) is Canada’s export credit agency. It’s role is to support and develop Canada’s export trade by helping Canadian companies respond to international business opportunities. It is a self-financing, Crown corporation that operates at arm’s length from the Government.

EDC provides insurance and financial services, bonding products and small business solutions to Canadian exporters and investors and their international buyers. It also supports Canadian direct investment abroad and investment into Canada. Visit EDC’s website at: http://www.edc.ca/



The National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. NSERC researchers are on the vanguard of science, building on Canada’s long tradition of scientific excellence. Visit NSERC’s website at: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/



The mandate of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) is to manage Canada’s diplomatic and consular relations, to encourage the country’s international trade and to lead Canada’s international development and humanitarian assistance. This includes:

  • ensuring that Canada’s foreign policy reflects true Canadian values and advances Canada’s national interests;
  • strengthening rules-based trading arrangements and expanding free and fair market access at bilateral, regional and global levels;
  • working with a range of partners inside and outside government to achieve increased economic opportunity and enhanced security for Canada and for Canadians at home and abroad;
  • managing Canada’s support and resources effectively and accountably to achieve meaningful, sustainable international development and humanitarian results;
  • engaging in policy development in Canada and internationally, enabling Canada’s effort to realize its international development and humanitarian objectives.

Visit DFATD’s website at: http://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/

Visit Invest in Canada’s website at: http://www.international.gc.ca/investors-investisseurs

Visit the Trade Commissioner’s website at: http://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/eng/exporters.jsp

Visit Innovate Canada’s website at: http://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/eng/innovators.jsp



Industry Canada works with Canadians in all areas of the economy and in all parts of the country to improve conditions for investment, enhance Canada’s innovation performance, increase Canada’s share of global trade and build a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace.

This includes managing Canada’s airwaves and overseeing its bankruptcy,incorporationintellectual property and measurement systems; providing financing and industry research tools to help businesses develop, import and export; encouraging scientific research; and protecting and promoting the interests of Canadian consumers. Visit Industry Canada’s website at: http://www.ic.gc.ca/



Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has the lead federal role in managing Canada’s fisheries and safeguarding its waters. The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), a Special Operating Agency within DFO, is responsible for services and programs that contribute to the safety, security, and accessibility of Canada’s waterways.

The Department:

  • supports strong economic growth in our marine and fisheries sectors by supporting exports and advancing safe maritime trade;
  • supports innovation through research in expanding sectors such as aquaculture and biotechnology; and
  • contributes to a clean and healthy environment and sustainable aquatic ecosystems through habitat protection, oceans management, and ecosystems research.

Visit DFO’s website at: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) owns and operates the federal government’s civilian fleet, and provides key maritime services to Canadians.

As a Special Operating Agency of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the Canadian Coast Guard helps DFO meet its responsibility to ensure safe and accessible waterways for Canadians. The CCG also plays a key role in ensuring the sustainable use and development of Canada’s oceans and waterways.

Canadians expect the federal government to:

  • protect the marine environment;
  • support economic growth;
  • ensure public safety on the water; and
  • ensure Canada’s sovereignty and security by establishing a strong federal presence in our waters.

Visit the CCG’s website at: http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca



Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) is the national leader in defence and security science and technology. As an agency of Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND), DRDC provides DND, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and other government departments as well as public safety and national security communities the knowledge and technological advantage needed to defend and protect Canada’s interests at home and abroad. Visit DRDC’s website at: http://www.drdc-rddc.gc.ca/



Transport Canada (Marine) promotes efficient marine transportation and safe, secure and sustainable marine practices; oversees marine infrastructure; regulates the safe transportation of dangerous goods by water; and helps protect the marine environment. Visit Transport Canada Marine’s website at: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marine