Data Usage Policy

Data Policy

Data collected and provided by Ocean Networks Canada are open access and free to anyone for non-commercial use. Enhanced value-added data services may be available for a fee. Contact us to inquire about commercial use of data.

Ocean Networks Canada data are not to be used for navigation. Although these data are of high quality and useful for planning and modeling purposes, they do not meet the requirements of the Charts and Nautical Publications Regulations, 1995 under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001. Official charts and publications are available from the Canadian Hydrographic Service:

Data accessed or downloaded from Ocean Networks Canada used in publications must include a written acknowledgement. The acknowledgement should read:

Data (or a portion of the data) used in this work were provided by Ocean Networks Canada.

Should publications include the option of a data citation, please consult the metadata information provided for the exact citation(s) associated with the data received from Ocean Networks Canada. An example citation might read:

Ocean Networks Canada Data Archive,, bottom pressure data from Clayoquot Slope from 25 January 2010 to 25 May 2010, University of Victoria, Canada. Data downloaded on 17 June 2013.


Additional information and examples.