More than the white part on the map above the United States, Canada is the second largest country in the world, covering nearly 10 million square kilometers from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean and north to the Arctic Ocean. With a population of 35 million spread across a vast variety of landscapes, there are endless facets to this beautiful country. Canada is a significant player in the world of mining and mineral processing, employing 418,000 workers in mineral extraction, smelting, fabrication and manufacturing. The country has made great strides in reducing mining’s environmental impacts. A leading player in mineral processing, Canada offers the international community a unique opportunity to showcase research and technology. Canada’s total investments in research and development activities consistently place it among the world’s top ten R&D spenders.
The Greater Sudbury Area - Gateway to Canada’s North
Sudbury, with a population of 160,000, is the gateway to Canada’s North. It is located less than 400 kilometers from Canada Toronto, Canada’s largest city and financial capital. An important mining centre, the city's mining companies employ approximately 6,000 people and support a 300-company mining supply and service sector cluster that employs a further 10,000 people. Sudbury was founded in 1883 following the discovery of nickel ore by Tom Flanagan, a Canadian Pacific Railway blacksmith when the transcontinental railway was near completion. Once a major lumber centre Sudbury has expanded its resource-based economy and emerged as the major retail, economic, health and educational centre for Northeastern Ontario. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a geological walking tour at A.Y. Jackson Lookout or take a daytrip to spectacular Killarney, scenery that inspired the Group of Seven painters. If the indoors beckon, Science North, Dynamic Earth and a selection of charming heritage sites and museums will entertain children of all ages.