We supply, service, research and innovate the mining world.
Since those first nickel and copper discoveries, Sudbury has evolved from a simple mining community into the world’s most diversified mining supply and services cluster. We are home to the largest integrated mining complex in the world that features nine operating mines, two mills, two smelters, and a nickel refinery employing a combined 5,500 people. Our cluster also consists of more than 300 mining supply firms employing more than 12,000 people and generating approximately $4 billion in annual exports.
Sudbury’s leadership position in the Canadian and global mining industry has not gone unnoticed. Increasingly, international firms view Sudbury as an ideal base of operations, allowing further expansion of this influential sector. Companies that want to be close to the action have established Canadian offices in Sudbury. These include mining equipment manufacturers, engineering firms and mining contractors.
Beyond mining the raw materials, we also polish the final product. Crossworks Manufacturing’s diamond cutting and polishing facility in Sudbury, the first of its kind in Ontario, cuts and polishes approximately $35 million worth of rough stones each year. The stones come from the DeBeers Victor Mine, located near the James Bay Coastal community of Attawapiskat First Nation.
Sudbury is innovation and research
Mining innovation and research in Sudbury has evolved into a world-class industry all its own. Many of the brightest minds in mining related sciences are being drawn here to be part of one of the world’s most advanced clusters of international mining research.
Much of the ongoing research relates to the creation of the next generation of mines and the challenge of bringing more raw materials up from deeper mines while maintaining the highest levels of safety and efficiency.
What makes Sudbury a global leader in mining innovation is its strong partnerships with its postsecondary institutions, all levels of government and industry leaders.
We are proud to be home to world-renowned research centres that are changing the landscape of mining:
The Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) delivers commercially viable innovations to improve safety, productivity and environmental performance to help mining companies achieve better operational performance for a faster rate of return.
While the Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCO), the largest not-for-profit applied research firm in North America, serves the global natural resources industry by turning knowledge into profitable, innovative solutions. Both of these are located at Laurentian University.
The Northern Centre for Advanced Technology Inc (NORCAT) is Sudbury’s third major innovation partner. A not-for-profit company, it’s 60,000 square foot Innovation and Commercialization Centre is the central location for innovation development, contractor training, an Occupational Health and Safety Resource Centre and eLearning technology. It also operates the NORCAT Underground Centre which has been used not only to provide hands-on training, but also to test innovative equipment like automated mining equipment.