About the City of Greater Sudbury
The City of Greater Sudbury, commonly referred to as Sudbury, is the largest City in Northern Ontario by population (161,531) Canada 2016 Census. By land area, Greater Sudbury is the largest City in Ontario and the fifth largest in Canada. The Sudbury Region was sparsely inhabited by the Ojibwe people of the Algonquin group for thousands of years, prior to the founding of Sudbury following the discovery of nickel ore in 1883 during the construction of the transcontinental railway. Greater Sudbury was formed in 2001 by merging the Cities and Towns of the former Regional Municipality of Sudbury, with several previously unincorporated Townships. The population resides in an urban core surrounded by many smaller communities, scattered around 300 lakes.
Greater Sudbury was once a major lumber centre and a world leader in nickel mining. Mining and related industries have dominated the economy for much of the 20th century. The two major mining companies which shaped the history of Sudbury were Inco, now Vale Limited, which employed more than 25% of the population by the 1970s, and Falconbridge, now Glencore. Sudbury has since expanded from its resource-based economy to emerge as the major Retail, Mining Supply, Health and Education centre for Northeastern Ontario.
Greater Sudbury was built on immigration and celebrates its multi-national and multi-cultural diversity with the “Bridge of Nations”. The Bridge of Nations, also known as the Paris Bridge, carries 72 colourful sovereign nations and cultural group flags.
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