Greater Sudbury is the largest city in Northern Ontario by population, and the 24th largest metropolitan area in Canada. In land area, it is the largest city in Ontario. It is also the only city in Ontario which has two official names — its name in French is Grand-Sudbury.
Approximately 30 percent of the city's population is Franco-Ontarian. As a result, Sudbury is a very important centre in Franco-Ontarian cultural history. The francophone community of Sudbury has played a central role in developing and maintaining many of the cultural institutions. In fact, the Franco-Ontarian flag calls Sudbury home. It was first flown in 1975 at Laurentian University, after being created by a group of teachers at the university. As of 2006, it is now permanently flown at Tom Davies Square.
Greater Sudbury now celebrates all its multinational and multicultural diversity with the Bridge of Nations. The Bridge of Nations, also known as the Paris Bridge, carries 72 colourful sovereign nations and cultural group flags.
- Sudbury is home to Laurentian University, the second bilingual university in Ontario and to Collège Boréal and Cambrian College
- Sudbury has the world’s largest nickel deposit and large quantities of copper, platinum, gold, silver, cobalt, and sulfur, likely as a result of a meteor strike millions of years ago
- Sudbury sits on the Trans-Canada Highway connecting Western Canada to Toronto and to Ottawa
- Sudbury’s major industry is mining, with forestry and government services close behind