In 2010, as a response to a decline in Sudbury's economy, a cross-sectoral adjustment committee of the City of Greater Sudbury was created to determine ways to deal with the crisis in unemployment and plan for the further diversification of Sudbury's economy.

Woman doing Yoga on the shore of Ramsey Lake

This committee recognized that our city is in the midst of making a shift from an economy in which jobs are based largely on physical skills, to one where jobs require analytical skills, and the group agreed that the talents needed for this shift should be nurtured from within our community.

It also noted that, despite constant and on-going improvements,

► Greater Sudbury's high school completion rate for people 15 years and older is lower than the provincial average,
► the percentage of population 15 years and older with a bachelor's degree and above is below the provincial average,
► literacy levels in Northern Ontario are lower than they are in Southern Ontario,
► and when workers need to be re-trained due to layoffs or unemployment, it is often tremendously difficult for them due to poor functional literacy and inadequate learning skills.

With this in mind, and recognizing the wealth of learning resources available in Greater Sudbury, it was decided that Sudbury should become a Learning City: one that promotes and celebrates education at all levels while working cooperatively to organize and mobilize the learning resources necessary for a knowledge-based economy. Greater Sudbury's Learning City Initiative will work to build partnerships across sectors to mobilize the community to increase the levels of completion and achievement in each stage of lifelong learning.