Ocean Tech

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Ocean Tech

With a legacy steeped in maritime tradition, St. John’s has earned its reputation as a ‘City of Ocean Excellence’. A diverse ocean economy with expertise in defence and security, fisheries, marine transportation, ocean technology and offshore energy. One of the best places in the world to receive an advanced education in ocean related programs.

St. John’s serves as the epicenter of Canada’s ocean innovation ecosystem and is Canada’s Ocean City Powerhouse.  Our globally recognized cross sectoral expertise in oceans continues to be one of St. John’s core advantages – of great importance in an explosive global market that is expected to double in value to $3 trillion by 2030.

  • Unparalleled experience and expertise in cold and harsh ocean environments.
  • The city hosts some of the world’s most exclusive ocean tech facilities and technologies. These state-of-the-art resources drive innovation, research, and development in ocean-related fields.
  • St. John’s attracts students and researchers from around the world. Its post-secondary institutes play a pivotal role in nurturing ocean talent.
  • The ocean economy in Newfoundland and Labrador employs over 37,000 people annually and contributes more than $16 billion to the provincial and national economies. It accounts for over 40% of NL exports to nearly 50 countries.
  • With over 450 companies operating in the global ocean sector, St. John’s plays a pivotal role in shaping the industry’s future.
  • Situated with a safe harbour and global connections, St. John’s serves as a key port for major international shipping routes between Europe and North America.

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Natural Resources & Offshore Energy

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Natural Resources & Offshore Energy

Oil & Gas

St. John’s commands a strategic position in Canada’s offshore energy landscape. The province’s offshore reserves hold vast potential, particularly in the form of oil and natural gas. Companies like ExxonMobil, Equinor, and Cenovus Energy have invested heavily in offshore exploration and production, leveraging cutting-edge technology to extract resources in environmentally responsible ways.

Newfoundland and Labrador is home to numerous onshore and offshore sedimentary basins with hydrocarbon potential. Approximately 10% of available land has been held under license/permits. The province’s discovered reserves total over 4.3 billion barrels of oil and 12.6 trillion feet of natural gas. Geoscience data indicates a further 63 billion barrels of oil and 224 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in-place resource potential exists.

The Hebron and Hibernia oil fields, among others, symbolize the region’s prowess in offshore extraction. These projects not only contribute significantly to Canada’s energy security but also generate employment opportunities and foster local expertise.

Moreover, St. John’s rich reservoir of talent and expertise remains a cornerstone of its success, fueling innovation and driving progress across the energy spectrum. By fostering collaboration, investing in skills development, and embracing a culture of sustainability, the city is on its course towards a brighter, more resilient future.

  • The province’s four major offshore projects (Hibernia, Terra Nova, White Rose, and Hebron) collectively produce approximately 25% of Canada’s conventional light crude oil.
  • The oil and gas sector has accounted for 16% of provincial real GDP in 2022.
  • There has been more than $20 billion in offshore royalties paid to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador since production began in 1997.
  • Over the past five decades, offshore petroleum related expenditures have totalled nearly $63 billion, including over $9 billion in exploration spending during that period (C-NLOPB 2019).
  • Exploration work commitments on active exploration licenses for offshore were approximately $2.1 billion as of January 2024.

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Fishery & Aquaculture

With a diverse and rich history linked to the fishery, St. John’s culture and identity remains anchored to the province‘s seafood industry. St. John’s port is one of the most active fish-handling ports in the province.

Over the centuries, St. John’s harbour, with its close proximity to the bountiful fishing grounds of the Grand Banks and as a regional hub for global trade flows, has been one of the Atlantic region‘s largest fish handling ports – as well as a key marine transportation and energy supply and service centre.

  • In 2023, Newfoundland and Labrador’s commercial fish landings and the landed value ($704 million).
  • Seafood products are exported to over 40 countries with the primary markets being US (70%), China, UK, and Denmark.
  • Employs 16,100 people from over 400 communities in fish harvesting, processing, and aquaculture operations.
  • During 2023, there were 90 active fish processing plants in the province.
  • Sustainable: 75% of fish and seafood in Newfoundland and Labrador is certified to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard (by value).

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Renewable Energy

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In a bid to reshape its energy landscape and spearhead the transition towards sustainable practices, Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) is actively engaged in advancing wind – hydrogen and renewable energy. With abundant natural resources and a strategic location along key shipping routes the province is positioning itself as a potential hub for exporting hydrogen to international markets, contributing to global efforts to combat climate change and meet ambitious emission reduction targets.

From research and development to production and distribution, St. John’s offers a supportive ecosystem for companies to pioneer groundbreaking advancements in green hydrogen technology. With a skilled workforce, top-tier research institutions, and a collaborative business environment, the city nurtures creativity and propels progress towards a greener future.

  • NL boasts abundant wind, hydro, and tidal energy.
  • Over 90% of electricity generated from renewable energy resources.
  • By 2050, NL could develop a hydrogen industry worth C$11 billion annually, supporting 140,000 jobs.
  • NL aims to be a regional supplier and exporter of green hydrogen.
  • Several major players in the hydrogen and renewable energy sector have established offices in St. John’s.
  • Port with access to international shipping lanes.
  • Wind-hydrogen fiscal framework, 5 proposed projects.
  • Newfoundland & Labrador and Germany signed LOI to collaborate on green hydrogen transport.
  • Province’s capital city and supply and service hub.

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Technology & Innovation

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Technology & Innovation

St. John’s continues to evolve as a leading center for technology and innovation, the city’s tech sector offers boundless opportunities for growth, collaboration, and discovery. St. John’s boasts a thriving startup ecosystem, characterized by a supportive community, access to resources, culture of innovation and specialized expertise in niche areas such as marine technology, geomatics, and remote sensing. These unique capabilities position the city as a leader in certain subsectors of the broader technology industry.

  • John’s boasts a dynamic tech ecosystem. Companies span various sectors, including technology, ocean research, health and environmental solutions.
  • The St. John’s based innovation incubator, Genesis, offers a successive stream of programs to support start-ups from the ideation stage all the way to scaling their business.
  • Co. is a dynamic new hub where technology, collaboration, and creativity converge. This cutting-edge centre serves as a catalyst for innovation, bringing together diverse minds from various sectors.
  • Verafin, a financial crime management software company, exemplifies St. John’s success story. Acquired by Nasdaq in the early 2021 for an impressive $2.75 billion USD, Verafin employs 1,000, with many being graduates of Memorial University.
  • Employment in the tech sector in the province was estimated at 9,726, generating $1.7 billion in revenue.
  • The tech sector in Newfoundland and Labrador is poised for growth and companies are actively recruiting for new employees.
  • St. John’s is actively fostering Health Tech innovation through partnerships, research, and collaborative efforts. Bounce Health Innovation is a key catalyst for health technology innovation that provides resources, networks, and support to entrepreneurs and innovators, positioning the province as a testbed for medical and health technology advancements.
  • Unlike many large cities experiencing outward migration, St. John’s is witnessing its largest inward migration in nearly 50 years. People are drawn by the promise of a better work-life balance, affordable living, and a sense of belonging.

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Film, Arts & Culture

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Film, Arts & Culture

Our City has long been considered a hotspot for creativity, and our artists continue to showcase our culture on the world stage. Here at home, the arts and cultural industries act as an important engine of economic growth; arts and culture drive innovation and tourism, improve quality of life, and contribute to that feeling in St. John’s that this is where exciting things happen. Business & Arts NL is an organization that fosters collaboration between businesses and the arts in Newfoundland and Labrador. Their initiatives, events, and resources aim to create partnerships that benefit both sectors, emphasizing the arts’ value in enhancing business creativity and community engagement.


Film Industry

The film industry in St. John’s is a dynamic and growing sector that plays a significant role in the province’s cultural and economic landscape. Wildly successful television shows, such as Hudson & Rex and Son of a Critch, have opened the door for more home-grown productions in NL. Recent international productions have included the Hallmark Channel’s and Disney’s live-action film Peter Pan & Wendy. 

The College of the North Atlantic (CNA) offers programs specifically tailored for aspiring filmmakers. It covers various aspects of film production, including TV and Film Technical Production, Creation, Post-Production, Production Management, and Visual Effects. With major film production companies like Warner Bros., Miramax, and Disney choosing Newfoundland and Labrador for their filming, CNA provides an excellent opportunity for local talent to thrive in the movie-making world right at home.

St. John’s is home to several film festivals, including the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival and the Nickel Independent Film Festival, which provide platforms for local talent to showcase their work and connect with industry professionals. Additionally, Picture NL plays a crucial role in supporting the growth of the film industry in the province. Funding programs, tax incentives, and other initiatives nurture local talent and attract external productions to the region.

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Music Industry

The music industry in St. John’s is a vibrant and diverse sector that reflects the rich cultural heritage of the province while also embracing a wide range of musical styles and influences. From traditional folk music to contemporary indie rock, St. John’s boasts a thriving music community that has garnered both national and international acclaim.

St. John’s is also host to several music festivals throughout the year. Events like the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival attract musicians from across Canada and around the world, offering opportunities for both performers and audiences to experience a diverse range of musical genres and styles.

St. John’s is also the home of the Memorial University School of Music, which since 1975 has been producing “great instrumentalists and singers, conductors, composers, sound technologists, scholars, and music educators.”

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Writing and Publishing

St. John’s is home to a number of independent publishers and literary magazines that provide platforms for emerging and established writers to share their work. These publishers play a crucial role in nurturing local talent, promoting diverse voices, and contributing to the cultural fabric of the city.

The literary community in St. John’s is also supported by organizations such as the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL), which provides resources, networking opportunities, and advocacy for writers in the province. WANL hosts workshops, readings, and other events throughout the year, bringing writers together to connect, collaborate, and support one another in their creative endeavors.

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Visual Arts & Craft

One of the defining features of the visual arts and craft sector in St. John’s is its sense of community and collaboration. St. John’s is also host to a number of art galleries, museums, and cultural institutions that showcase local and national artwork. From contemporary art galleries to heritage museums, these institutions play a crucial role in promoting visual arts and crafts, preserving cultural heritage, and engaging the community through exhibitions, workshops, and educational programs.

St. John’s is home to a vibrant craft community that encompasses a wide range of disciplines, including pottery, textiles, woodworking, and metalwork. Local craft markets, such as the St. John’s Farmers’ Market and the Quidi Vidi Village Artisan Studios, provide platforms for artisans to sell their wares directly to the public.

The visual arts and craft sector in St. John’s is further supported by organizations such as Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, which provides resources, advocacy, and networking opportunities for artists and craftspeople in the province.

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Theatre & Performing Arts

One of the defining features of the theatre and performing arts sector in St. John’s is its vibrant and active community of artists, directors, playwrights, and performers. Whether it’s through established theatre companies, independent productions, or community theatre groups, there is no shortage of opportunities for individuals to participate in and contribute to the local theatrical scene. St. John’s is home to numerous performing arts and collectives producing innovative and boundary-pushing work.


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The tourism and conference sector in St. John’s is a vital component of the city’s economy and cultural fabric. St. John’s is a hub for conferences, business conventions, and major events. The city is home to several modern conference facilities, including the St. John’s Convention Centre, which can accommodate a wide range of events, from small meetings to large-scale conferences and trade shows.

  • In 2023, business events brought 20,900 delegates to the province and gross hotel room sales for the 15 larger properties were $95 million.
  • Air visitation reached an estimated 304,300 in the province.
  • Auto visitation reached 113,600 in the province.
  • Cruise visitation was strong, with the province welcoming 69,100 unique visitors.
  • Destination Canada data indicates that St. John’s is ahead of pace in 2024 over other Canadian destinations in attracting Canadian and international conferences.

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