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About Sudbury and Area

Greater Sudbury is the largest city in Northern Ontario with a population of 158,000. It is located 388 km north of Toronto. Sudbury is a bilingual city with one of the largest Francophone populations in Canada outside of Quebec. Service in both English and French is generally available throughout the city.

Mining and related industries have traditionally dominated the economy. Over 345 mining supply and service companies are currently located in Sudbury, including a number focused on the research and development of new mining technologies.

Sudbury has expanded from a mining-based economy to establish itself in a variety of other industries, including finance, business, tourism, health care, education, government, film and television production, and science and technology research. Sudbury is also a regional service centre, providing many services to the entire region of Northeastern Ontario.

According to the 2006 census, Sudbury’s top industries are:

  • Manufacturing (14.44%)
  • Retail trade (14.39%)
  • Business services (13.73%)
  • Health care and social services (10.61%)
  • Agriculture and other resource-based industries (8.38%)
  • Construction (7.27%)
  • Education (5.45%)
  • Wholesale trade (2.62%)
  • Finance and real estate (2.47%)

Sudbury’s top employers, according to Ontario Investment and Trade, include:

  • Vale INCO
  • Sudbury Regional Hospital
  • Xstrata plc
  • Sudbury Tax Services Office
  • City of Greater Sudbury
  • Rainbow District School Board
  • Conseil scolaire de district catholique du Nouvel-Ontario 
  • FNX Mining Company Inc.
  • Teletech Holdings
  • Your Independent Grocer