FUTURE: Sault Ste. Marie

REALITY CHECK

Sault Ste. Marie is a great community. We have what it takes to be a growing and vibrant city, but to become one we have to acknowledge some difficult realities and work together as a community in common cause and direction.

Here are a few of those realities:

  • Our economy is stagnant and is largely dependent on a single industry.
  • The demographics of our community are working against us, out-migration continues, and the elementary, secondary and post-secondary student population is decreasing. We have a current median age of 45.7, compared to the provincial average of 40.4. 
  • The social (health, well-being, and education) metrics of our community are falling below acceptable standards. Too many of our children are going to school hungry and not enough are finishing high school. 

The reports below explore those realities in more detail. 

There is no question that it will take time and it will take effort, but if we come together, think smart, capitalize on our strengths and talents, and stay determined, we will be successful. We will be bold. We will reach the goals that we set and build the great city that we want to become. 

FINAL REPORT

ARTS AND CULTURE

ENVIRONMENT

POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION

DOWNTOWN

HEALTH & WELLNESS

ECONOMIC HEALTH

SOCIAL EQUITY

K-12 EDUCATION

TOURISM

TRANSIT

DEMOGRAPHICS

POVERTY REDUCTION

YOUTH