FUTURE: Sault Ste. Marie


FutureSSM is implementing our community's collective vision to build a great city where people want to visit, live and do business. 

In today's world of a mobile work force, the best community development strategy is to create a higher quality of life to attract new residents and businesses.

FutureSSM's team is working alongside community members and leaders to fulfill and build upon the recommendations laid out in the Community Adjustment Committee report, A Common Cause and New Direction for Sault Ste. Marie. Recommendations that include building our skilled labour force, addressing social inequities, celebrating our arts & culture, growing our post-secondary institutions, advancing Indigenous relationships, revitalizing our downtown and welcoming newcomers. 

We know through best practices that the only way to reach our true potential is to take a holistic four pillar approach to supporting community resilience that includes Cultural Vitality, Economic Growth & Diversity, Environmental Sustainability and Social Equity. Focusing on these four pillars will allow us to achieve our goals. We will invest in our people. We will celebrate our place. We will create prosperity. 

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Visions of the Four Pillars:

Cultural Vitality

Sault Ste. Marie celebrates its history, natural and cultural heritage, and diverse identities, transforming the city into a global centre of cultural excellence through inclusive, broad based, meaningful participation in the sector with continual renewal and growth of its creative economy.

Economic Growth & Diversity

Sault Ste. Marie will be recognized as a smart, growing, high quality-of-life community that is the home of dynamic industry sectors, life-enhancing research and progressive post-secondary institutions. As a result, our community will attract talent and capital, and will support a strong entrepreneurial system. 

Environmental Sustainability

Sault Ste. Marie will be recognized as a leader in Environmental Sustainability and Alternative Energy that has a superior quality of life based on natural environment and excellent air, soil, and water quality. 

Social Equity 

Sault Ste. Marie will be a welcoming and inclusive community where everyone is valued and respected, has access to an acceptable standard of living, can fully engage and participate in all aspects of community life and is able to realize their full potential. 

Goals of FutureSSM:

  1. Promote our community
  2. Refocus economic and community development
  3. Build our labour force
  4. Grow our post-secondary institutions
  5. Invite immigration and welcome newcomers
  6. Advance Indigenous relationships (reconciliation)
  7. Improve community well-being
  8. Revitalize our downtown

Action Teams:

  1. Bawaating Advisory Circle
  2. Community Development Roundtable
  3. Arts & Culture
  4. Downtown Development
  5. Economic Growth & Diversity
  6. Education
  7. Energy & Environment
  8. Health 
  9. Social Equity 

FutureSSM is a forward-thinking division of the Community Economic Development and Enterprise Services (CDES) Department at the City of Sault Ste. Marie. 

This project is proudly supported by: