Location of Valley East within Greater Sudbury.
|Ward||5, 6, 7|
|• City Councillors||Robert Kirwan, René Lapierre, Mike Jakubo|
|• Governing Body||Greater Sudbury City Council|
|• MPs||Marc Serré (Liberal)|
|• MPPs||France Gélinas (NDP)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|Postal Code FSA|
|Website||Valley East Community Action Network|
First incorporated in 1973 as a separate town within the Regional Municipality of Sudbury, Valley East was so named because it comprised the eastern half of the Sudbury Basin. The largest of the six towns in the Regional Municipality, it was reincorporated as a city in 1997 due to continued population growth. On January 1, 2001, the city and the Regional Municipality were dissolved and amalgamated into the city of Greater Sudbury.
Before the amalgamation, Valley East was Northern Ontario's sixth largest city, ranking after Timmins and before Kenora. According to the Canadian census of 2001, the last one that recorded Valley East as a separate entity, the city had a population of 22,374.
In the Canada 2011 Census, Valley East's main neighbourhoods were grouped as the population centre (or urban area) of Valley East, with a population of 20,676 and a population density of 368.9/km2, although the boundaries of the urban area do not correspond to those of the former municipality.
Valley East is now divided between Wards 5, 6 and 7 on Greater Sudbury City Council, and is represented by councillors Robert Kirwan, René Lapierre and Mike Jakubo .
Blezard Valley is located in the geographic township of Blezard, and was named in the 1880s for Thomas Blezard. The catholic parish is Notre-Dame-du-très-Saint-Rosaire.
The township of Hanmer has been in existence since the early 1900s.
Notable residents of Val-Caron include NDP MP for Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing Carol Hughes and former NHL players Ron Duguay and Andrew Brunette. Address and telephone service in Val-Caron also includes the smaller neighbourhoods of Flake, Guilletville, Laurentian and McCrea Heights. The community is named for Jesuit priest, Hormidas Caron, who was the first resident pastor of Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire in Blezard Valley.
Address and telephone service in Val-Thérèse also includes Elmview.
The Valley East community facebook group is a public facebook group administered by Councillor Robert Kirwan and his wife Valerie Kirwan. The group provides a forum for people to post about matters of local interest in the Valley Community and throughout the City of Greater Sudbury and it is also used by Councillor Kirwan to provide residents with information related to municipal policies, programs and initiatives. Members must be vetted by the administrators before being allowed to post or comment on the group and Councillor Kirwan has attracted criticism for routinely banning individuals who question or criticize his political decisions, opinion and activity on the group. Local business are permitted to promote their services through Councillor Kirwan's "Education-Based Marketing Program", where business owners can provide a number of pre-written advertisement posts, or pay Councillor Kirwan to write the posts for them. Councillor Kirwan has relied heavily on the Valley East Group to campaign for election campaigns in 2014 and 2018.
Valley East does not have any radio or television stations of its own. The area is otherwise served by citywide media.
The Valley East Community Theatre was founded in 1998 by Marcel Gauthier and Ron Babin. The theatre group has staged over 15 productions.
The former city has an important francophone community. It houses two francophone secondary schools, as well as two anglophone secondary schools, the second of which opened after the amalgamation into Greater Sudbury.
- École secondaire catholique l'Horizon (French Catholic School - Val-Caron)
- École secondaire Hanmer (French Public School - Hanmer)
- Confederation Secondary School (English Public School - Val-Caron)
- Bishop Alexander Carter Catholic Secondary School (English Catholic School - Hanmer)
Valley East Days
Valley East Days is the largest Free Family Festival in Northern Ontario, and celebrates it's 43rd year in 2018. This three-day long festival has included big musical acts, such as Trooper & Chilliwack in 2017. The festival typically attracts over 25,000 patrons.
- Canada 2011 Census Community Profiles: Population Centre of Valley East. Statistics Canada.
- "Valley East Days". Valley East Days. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
- "Trooper raises a little hell at Valley East Days". Sudbury.com. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
- "Valley East Days - Sudbury Families". sudburyfamilies.ca. Retrieved 2018-06-19.