Demographics and Statistics

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After several decades of rapid and sustained growth, a small railroad outpost named Sudbury matured into a diversified regional urban centre that provides access to technology, education, government and health services to people and business across all of northeastern Ontario.


Greater Sudbury is experiencing a sustained period of population growth.  Our diverse economy, which includes jobs based on physical as well as analytical skills in several different sectors, sustained economic opportunities to maintain population growth.
Population Pyramid 2011 Census

Language & Culture

Greater Sudbury is the most culturally diverse city in northern Ontario.  Sudburians enjoy living and doing business in a community which is open and accepting of all religions, races and creeds.

We have the third largest population of Francophones in Canada, outside of Quebec.  Amid the many benefits of bilingualism, businesses in Sudbury have an advantage that allows them to network and develop business opportunities throughout Canada and the world. More than 27% of the population indicate French as their mother tongue and 38.9% of the population identify themselves as bilingual (2006 Census).  

Other languages spoken include: Italian, Finnish, German, Ukrainian, Polish, Arabic, Spanish, Croatian, Chinese and Ojibwe (2011 Stats Canada).

Other demographical information about Sudbury’s population:

Labour & Employment

Greater Sudbury’s labour force is adaptive and resilient.  Today, the top key sectors in Sudbury are: advanced education, research and innovation, tourism, health services, arts & culture, retail, and of course, mining.  

For more in-depth information about Sudbury’s demographics and statistics, visit Greater Sudbury’s Keyfacts website.