November 18, 2013

SUDBURY – On November 16, the University of Sudbury and Sudbury’s École secondaire du Sacré-Coeur joined together to participate in one of the biggest Santa Claus Parades the city of Greater Sudbury has ever seen. Hundreds of citizens and organizations participated in this community celebration, showcasing the city’s incredible creativity and dynamism.

This year, the University of Sudbury celebrates its 100th anniversary while École secondaire du Sacré-Coeur also celebrates its ten years of existence! Together, staff and students from both institutions united their efforts to create and animate a very special parade float, and this to the great delight of one and all. The participants had a wonderful time, making the most of this opportunity to demonstrate their pride in the rich history of both institutions.

The collaboration between the two institutions is not a mere coincidence: in 1913, the Society of Jesus established a classic college for boys called Collège du Sacré-Coeur. The following year, the Collège received a University Charter from the province of Ontario granting the authority to award university diplomas. Through the years, the Collège would become a centre of excellence in education for Franco-Ontarian youth and would take the name of University of Sudbury in 1957. The Collège itself closed its doors and ceased offering secondary school education in 1967. In recognition of the long-standing Catholic Francophone tradition of this site, the Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario opened in 2003 the new École secondaire du Sacré-Coeur on the very same grounds where the former college stood. 

The University of Sudbury and École secondaire du Sacré-Coeur are proud of their common history and links they have woven throughout the years; these two institutions also proudly contribute to the development of their community.


About the University of Sudbury

As Northern Ontario’s longest-standing postsecondary institution and a member of the Laurentian University Federation, the University of Sudbury remains committed to a focus on a liberal arts education by providing programs in journalism (French only), folklore (French only), religious studies, philosophy and Indigenous studies. Detailed information about the University’s programs as well as this year’s planned centennial activities can be found at

For more information, please contact:
Sarah Noel
Communication Officer, University of Sudbury


Paul de la Riva
Coordonnateur des communications et du développement communautaire
Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario
705-673-5626, poste 294
705-677-8195   cellulaire/cell phone
1 800-260-2997