Sudbury: Communities in Canada’s Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

Parsai Immigration Services will be providing an overview of 11 Canadian communities. These communities are listed under Canada’s Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. The second community we’ll be looking at is the City of Greater Sudbury and its districts.

What is the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot?

In short, the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community-driven government program. This program will help rural Canadian areas attract foreign workers. These areas need more workers in order to meet economic development and labour market needs. You can find more information on the pilot program by clicking here.

What can you expect from each community?

According to the government of Canada, the communities will:

  • promote the pilot and their community to possible candidates
  • identify job opportunities in the local economy and work to match applicants to jobs
  • assess possible candidates who:
    • best fit the economic needs of the community
    • have a genuine employment opportunity
    • have the intention of staying in the community
  • recommend candidates for permanent residence to IRCC for a final decision
  • provide a welcoming community for immigrants
  • connect immigrants to official members of the community and settlement services
  • report on the results of the pilot

Now, let’s explore the City of Greater Sudbury.


Greater Sudbury is a city in Ontario, Canada located near the Ramsey Lake waterfront. It’s the largest city in Northern Ontario by population. There are about 164,926 people living in Sudbury, according to a 2017 census. Greater Sudbury is made of a rich mix of urban, suburban, rural and wilderness environments.

The city is also a regional centre in financial/business services, health care/research, tourism and education for all of Northeastern Ontario. This area stretches from the Quebec border west to the eastern shore of Lake Superior and north to the James/Hudson’s Bay coastlines. Northeastern Ontario is a market of about 506, 000 people. 


The Greater Sudbury area is a world-class mining centre. The mining industry directly employs about 6,000 people. In addition, mining supports a 300-company supply and service sector cluster* that employs another 10,000 people.

*A supply and service sector cluster is a group of common markets, trades and other things linked by buyer-seller relations. For example, the mining industry supports the production of cement and many other mineral products.


The City of Greater Sudbury functions as the regional centre of learning and applied research for Northeastern Ontario. Laurentian University, Cambrian College, and College Boreal provide excellent educational services. These institutions deliver a variety of full and part-time programs.

Health care

The City of Sudbury is a regional centre in health care and research.

Public Health Sudbury & Districts is a progressive public health agency. They’re committed to improving health through professional practice. Head office is located in Greater Sudbury. Additionally, there are five other offices throughout Greater Sudbury and its districts. There are over 250 staff members who deliver public health programs and services.


Some of Greater Sudbury’s core values include:

  • Fostering a collaborative and inclusive environment. 
  • Ensuring a community that is inclusive and accessible to all.

By the end of 2018, Greater Sudbury was home to approximately 166,000 people. It’s a multicultural and truly bilingual community. Greater Sudbury is home to the third-largest French population outside Quebec. About 38 percent of the Greater Sudbury population know both official languages. Italian, Finnish, German, Ukrainian and Polish are the top five non-official languages spoken in the city. More than six percent of the population are First Nations Peoples.


The Greater Sudbury Development Corporation (GSDC) is the economic development arm of the city.

The corporation is made up of a 17-member board of directors and supported by city staff.


  • serves as a catalyst for economic development initiatives, and
  • supports the attraction, development and retention of business in the community.

The goal is to support projects/initiatives that demonstrate potential job and wealth creation. In addition, the GSDC promotes investment and continued economic diversification.

Fun facts!

  • Sudbury is famous for Science North, a museum with a planetarium and IMAX cinema.
  • A huge meteor hit Sudbury and left a crater called the Sudbury Basin, a major geological structure in Ontario, Canada. It’s the third-largest impact crater being incredibly deep and over 27km long. The impact crater filled with magma containing nickel, copper, platinum, palladium, gold, and other metals. It continues to help the city’s mining industry flourish. In fact, the city’s history is rooted in mining, as one of the largest mining areas in Canada.
  • The City of Sudbury employs 49 part-time crossing guards to keep school children and others safe while crossing.
  • There are over 330 freshwater lakes in the Greater Sudbury area.
  • Sudbury has the largest Francophone population in Ontario.
  • Home to the Sudbury Superstack, Sudbury has the tallest chimney in the northern hemisphere. The Superstack is also the second-tallest building in Canada following Toronto’s CN Tower.
  • Sudbury is home to a really, really big nickel; it’s over 30 ft in diameter and located at Dynamic Earth Sudbury (seven-storeys of underground mining tunnels).


Doha Hanno
Publicist, Parsai Immigration Services

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