Ocean Bridge

Ocean Bridge connects Canadian young people from coast-to-coast-to-coast empowering them with life and professional skills, supporting lasting civic engagement essential for our oceans to remain healthy and flourishing for generations to come. Each year, Ocean Bridge invites 170 young people to participate in our Ocean Bridge Classic and Ocean Bridge Direct Action programs, challenging them to take action for ocean conservation.

Ocean Bridge

Ocean Bridge connects Canadian young people from coast-to-coast-to-coast empowering them with life and professional skills, supporting lasting civic engagement essential for our oceans to remain healthy and flourishing for generations to come. Each year, Ocean Bridge invites 170 young people to participate in our Ocean Bridge Classic and Ocean Bridge Direct Action programs, challenging them to take action for ocean conservation.

What is Ocean Bridge?

Ocean Bridge Classic

Ocean Bridge Classic program is a 6-month (May - October 2022) part-time program for Canadians and permanent residents aged 18-30. Ocean Bridge connects 140 youth and young professionals from coast to coast to coast empowering them to take action for ocean conservation. Each year, our national cohort of ocean ambassadors are engaged in co-creating and delivering ocean and waterway service projects on a local or national scale.

Book-ended by two immersive regional Learning Journeys, ambassadors have the opportunity to learn and explore in one of the following awe-inspiring regions of Canada: Pacific Coast, Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, and Atlantic Coast.

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Ocean Bridge Direct Action

Direct Action is a full-time 3-month immersive placement program, taking place between April - October, 2022. Placements may be virtual or on-site in rural or urban coastal, marine, and watershed environments across Canada. Direct Action provides 30 Canadians and permanent residents aged 18-30 the opportunity to be immersed in impactful marine and aquatic conservation projects while mentored and coached by top research professionals. Youth and young professionals are connected with experts in the field, empowering them with experiences in direct marine and aquatic initiatives, adventurous fieldwork opportunities, professional research projects, and educational/outreach programs.

Direct Action funds participant costs associated with travel, living expenses, training, and materials/gear for the duration of their 3-month placement.

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Who can participate?

Each year Ocean Bridge recruits 140 youth for the Ocean Bridge Classic program, and 30 youth for the Direct Action program. The participants are selected to represent the social, economic and geographic diversity of Canada. To be eligible, participants...

  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada
  • Must be living in Canada for the duration of the program and cannot be out of the country for more than one month consecutively
  • Must be 18 to 30 years old at the start date of the program

Both the Ocean Bridge Classic and the Direct Action programs fund participant expenses while participating in learning journeys or placements.

Check out the Direct-Action FAQs or the Ocean Bridge Classic FAQs to learn more about what costs each program will cover.

Ready to take the plunge?

Join a community of like-minded individuals and make a difference with the challenges facing our ocean and waterways. We are currently recruiting for our 3-month full-time Ocean Bridge Direct Action Program and our 6-month part-time Ocean Bridge Classic programs. No experience required, projects and travel costs are covered. What are you waiting for? Apply to Ocean Bridge for a life-changing opportunity - available to Canadians aged 18-30

Application deadline: March 11th

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