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The Sudbury & District Health Unit (SDHU) is a progressive, accredited public health agency committed to improving health and reducing social inequities in health through evidence-informed practice. With a head office in the City of Greater Sudbury and five offices throughout the City of Greater Sudbury and the districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin, the SDHU has a staff of over 250 who deliver provincially legislated public health programs and services. The SDHU is governed by an autonomous Board of Health and has strong community and inter-agency partnerships, for example, with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and Laurentian University. The SDHU has an enriched public health practice environment that fosters research, ongoing education, and the development of innovative programs and services. SDHU
Nestled on the north shore of Lake Huron's Georgian Bay, the SDHU serves a population of 192 391 from its head office at 1300 Paris Street in the City of Greater Sudbury, its Rainbow Centre site in the city's downtown, and offices in Chapleau, Espanola, Mindemoya on Manitoulin Island, and St. Charles in Sudbury East. With an area of approximately 46 500 square kilometres — roughly the size of Denmark — the SDHU has the fourth largest health unit catchment area in Ontario. The City of Greater Sudbury is home to the majority of the population - 157 909.

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Quick Facts

  • Known as the "City of Lakes" Greater Sudbury has 330 lakes within its municipal boundaries, two of which are only a short walk away from the SDHU's main office
  • Twenty-six per cent of the population identifies French as their mother tongue
  • It's all about "cool science" at Science North, Northern Ontario's most popular tourist attraction
  • The Greater Sudbury Public Library has 13 branches
  • Health Sciences North makes Sudbury the main provider of health services in northeastern Ontario
  • Greater Sudbury is the largest municipality in Ontario based on total area

Greater Sudbury has evolved from a late 19th century rail outpost to a vibrant multicultural city that has established itself as northeastern Ontario's major centre for tourism, health care and research, shopping, technology, education, business, and government. The new City of Greater Sudbury was created on January 1, 2001, when the towns and cities that made up the former Regional Municipality of Sudbury, and several unincorporated townships were amalgamated.

Three major highways — Highway 69 South, Highway 144 to the north, and the Trans Canada Highway #17 — meet in Sudbury. Toronto is less than an hour by air and a four-hour drive.

Sudbury's major employers with 200+ full-time employees include Vale, Health Sciences North, the Sudbury Tax Services Office, the City of Greater Sudbury, and Laurentian University.

As for education, the city is home to English and French public and Catholic elementary and secondary schools, Laurentian University, Cambrian College, Collège Boréal, and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

The City of Greater Sudbury has matured into a centre of innovation and applied research in several fields including mining technology, specialized product development, health care, and astrophysics research. Greater Sudbury is also recognized internationally for its land reclamation program and as the site of the unique research facility, the Neutrino Observatory.

Throughout the year, a variety of events make Greater Sudbury a cultural tourism destination. Each September tens of thousands of cinéphiles flock to Cinéfest, an international film festival that screens upwards of 140 films. Amateur theatre flourishes, while the Sudbury Theatre Centre and Le Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario offer professional productions. Each Canada Day the Sudbury Multicultural and Folk Arts Association hosts a spectacular celebration with food from around the world. Since 1972 Northern Lights Festival Boréal has presented three days of performing and visual arts at Bell Park on the shores of Lake Ramsey. The Sudbury Symphony Orchestra performs an annual concert series and the Art Gallery of Sudbury is open year round, housed in a turn-of-the-century mansion.

For the weekend or day tripping outdoor enthusiast, Greater Sudbury is the jumping off point for some of Canada's most beautiful destinations. Manitoulin Island, the world's largest freshwater island, comes alive every summer as a prized location for sailing, kayaking, cycling and hiking, and its history is rich with Aboriginal culture that makes the area unique. Three of the Group of Seven once painted in Killarney Provincial Park and today it's a haven for sea kayakers, photographers, hikers, skiers, snowshoers, and nature lovers. Even the legendary Lake Superior, the world's largest freshwater lake, is just a half-day's drive away past wilderness provincial parks, sandy beaches, towering cliffs, and historic sites, some of which date back thousands of years.


Whether your interest lies in cross-country skiing on a groomed trail through the northern Ontario woods, enjoying a meal at one of the city's many ethnically diverse restaurants, catching a rock concert at the Sudbury Arena, or snapping pictures that capture the rugged grandeur of the Canadian Shield, there are endless adventures to be had in the City of Greater Sudbury.

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