Advanced Education, Research and Innovation


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City of Greater Sudbury Advanced Education,

Research & Innovation


Innovate to Excel


“Innovative communities focus on achieving and maintaining prosperity while constantly seeking and embracing change designed to better themselves.”

Our growing education and research sector


Greater Sudbury has emerged as the newest innovative education and research hub in Ontario. Capitalizing on the community’s strengths in mining and healthcare, through its education partners and a varied list of established postsecondary programs, Laurentian University, Cambrian College and Collège Boréal continue to play a leading role in the economic and social growth of the Greater Sudbury region and northeastern Ontario.

Greater Sudbury also boasts a number of research and development and senior government agencies.
These facilities include:

Centre of Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre (NORCC)
Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT) Vale Living With Lakes Fresh Water Ecology Centre
Centre for Integrated Monitoring Technology (CIMTEC) Xstrata Sustainable Energy Centre (SEC) at Cambrian College
Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCO)
SNOLAB underground science laboratory specializing in neutrino and dark matter physics



It is clear that advanced education and research have become significant growth sectors for Greater Sudbury. Each has the potential to ignite innovation and create significant economic and commercial opportunities for the region.

In a class by itself.


One of the newer buildings to grace the Laurentian University campus in Sudbury is the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), the first new Canadian medical school in over 30 years. It is an institution shared by Laurentian and Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. NOSM offers a four-year MD program geared towards establishing family physicians in the north, particularly in under-serviced areas and has been attracting top medical students from across Canada and Northern Ontario.

The Laurentian School of Architecture, built in downtown Sudbury, is the first architecture school in Canada in over 40 years. It offers a high quality four-year undergraduate program, followed by a two-year masters program, leading to a Masters of Architecture degree. The school has the capacity for over 400 outstanding students plus professors and staff. It will revitalize the downtown, contribute to diversifying the economies of Sudbury and northern communities and increase the quality of life in the north by promoting the benefits of good design and creativity.

Laurentian University has become a leader in bringing world-class research into the classroom. Its research centres focus on everything from improving the health of our lakes and rivers at the Living with Lakes Freshwater Ecology Centre to mining innovation at the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI).

The Willett Green Miller Centre is home to the Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC), a semi-autonomous researhand teaching centre. Its mission is to conduct and promote cutting-edge, collaborative research on mineral deposits and their environments, and to educate and train highly qualified personnel for careers in the minerals industry, academia or government.

The 51 year-old university now has the ability to take on various scientific, environmental and economic challenges facing the province, the country and the globe, while involving students and professors from universities and colleges around the world.

SNOLAB is an international underground research facility specializing in neutrino and dark matter physics. Located 2 km below the surface in the Vale Creighton Mine, SNOLAB has 5,000 m2 of clean space underground for experiments and the supporting infrastructure; on surface there is a 3,100 m2 building constructed on the Creighton mine site to support the underground experiments.

SNOLAB is an expansion of the existing facilities constructed for the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) solar neutrino experiment. SNOLAB follows on the important achievements in neutrino physics achieved by SNO and other underground physics measurements.

While particle astrophysics is the principle focus for SNOLAB, there is a growing interest in other scientific fields to exploit deep underground laboratories and their associated infrastructure. In particular, there has been interest expressed in the fields of Seismology and Geophysics interested in precision, long-term measurements and in Biology where there is an interest in deep under ground life.

Colour Cambrian green.


In addition to its much vaunted Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT) housed in the new 60,000 square foot Innovation and Commercialization Centre just off campus, Cambrian College has “gone green” with energy focused research and education.

The Xstrata Sustainable Energy Centre is an innovative teaching and applied research facility that will provide opportunities for students, faculty, and the local community to acquire the skills and practical experience to become leaders in the ‘green collar’ economy. The Centre has six “Living Labs” designed to be used for research, education, and technology development by Cambrian College students, primary and secondary school students, entrepreneurs and the general public. Also housed in the centre is Cambrian’s Energy Systems Technology Program, a three-year program preparing students to work on energy systems in two directions – modeling of green buildings and the design of renewable energy conversion systems.

The pride of Franco-Ontarians.


Collège Boréal is a French-language community college whose main campus is located in the heart of Greater Sudbury and has six satellite campuses across Ontario. Collège Boréal offers over 60 post-secondary programs. Using state-of-the-art multimedia communications technology to connect with students at its satellite campuses, Collège Boréal has created one of the largest private telecommunications networks in Canada. Using various modes of delivery, this advanced infrastructure allows the college to offer numerous courses and learning opportunities to students across northeastern Ontario.

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