Why Sault Ste. Marie?

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We are the Heart of Canada’s Freshwater

Nestled in the Hub of the Great Lakes Region, Sault Ste. Marie is located mid-way across Canada and next to own of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, Lake Superior.

Indigenous Partnership

Named after it’s freshwater, Baawaating, meaning “Place of the Rapids” is centrally located in the traditional Ojibwe territory. The City has engaged with our indigenous communities and partners to build support and bring indigenous voice to our proposal development.

City Leadership

The City of Sault Ste. Marie is committed to supporting freshwater research and conservation. 

SSM has completed a GHG Emissions Reduction Plan and is continuing its commitment to climate action through the implementation of the plan!

A Centre for Innovative Clean Economic Growth

A traditional industrial steel town, Sault Ste. Marie’s business community has been a leader in clean economic growth. Earlier this year, Algoma Steel announced its new electric arc project that will enable the company to create the greenest steel in Canada. 

Truth and Reconciliation 

The City of Sault Ste. Marie has been active and engaged in TRC. The Mayor leads the Bawaating Advisory circle. The Bawaating Advisory Circle was established as a way for engagement and dialogue to take place between Sault Ste. Marie leadership and our Indigenous communities. The advisory circle is another positive step forward on the path to local reconciliation.

Algoma University is developing Canada’s first Truth and Reconciliation hub. Mukqua Waakaa’igan, the Anishinaabemowin name endowed to the new cultural facility. The facility will promote the Calls To Action and provide a space to showcase indigenous cultures in Canada.

Community Support and Engagement 

Water is a way of life in SSM. Our beautiful region offers endless beauty and activities centered around our freshwater. 

A young child with outstretched arms, in a yellow shirt, balances while she crosses a log over water at a beach.

An Ecosystem of Freshwater Research

Sault Ste. Marie is home to a cluster of innovative and leading freshwater and natural resource research, including:

  • Sault College’s School of Natural Environment 
  • Algoma University’s School of Life Science and the Environment
  • The Sea Lamprey Control Centre
  • The Great Lakes Forestry Centre, part of Natural Resources Canada
  • The Ontario Forest Research Institute, part of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

International and Regional Collaboration

Being a border City, Sault Ste. Marie freshwater researchers collaborate internationally with ease. Algoma University faculty have partnered and collaborate regularly with Lake Superior State University’s faculty at the Centre for Freshwater Resources and Education.

Algoma University and other community stakeholders are a part of the Lake Superior Living Labs Network (LSLLN), a regional network. The LSLLN works collaboratively to co-create innovative solutions to sustainability challenges in the Lake Superior Watershed.

Plus, Sault Ste. Marie has collaboratively monitored and managed the St. Mary’s River. For example, through the Bi-national Public Advisory Committee (BPAC)

An aerial photo showing the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie, towering over the canal.