Sault Ste. Marie has a well-established research capacity. Workers employed in research occupations conduct their studies through several community facilities. Their discoveries are shared within the community and around the world.
Located at the transition zone between the Boreal Forest and the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Forest, Sault Ste. Marie is an ideal location for forestry researchers. The Sault is home to both the Great Lakes Forestry Centre and the Ontario Forest Research Institutes. Together they employ scientists studying invasive species; insect production; human impact on forests; climate change; and forest fires. Also found at this environmental research hub is the Invasive Species Centre, the Sea Lamprey Control program, Corridors for Life, the Northern Ontario Plant Database, and an Arboretum, which is enjoyed by members of the public throughout the year.
In addition to environmental research, the Sault employs researchers in capacities related to community development and economic development. The Northern Ontario Research, Development, Ideas and Knowledge (NORDIK) Institute at Algoma University builds capacity throughout Northern Ontario by collaborating with communities on a variety of projects. Students (from Algoma University, Sault College, and other institutions) often receive practical experiences through placements at the NORDIK Institute. Sault College offers an Applied Research Centre, which has research capacity in such areas as renewable energy, health and life sciences, and electronics.