Nickel Belt

Nickel Belt

''For the provincial electoral district, please see Nickel Belt (provincial electoral district)

Nickel Belt is an informal nickname for the Sudbury region in Northern Ontario, because of the belt of nickel ore deposits found in the area. It is also the name of one of the two federal and provincial electoral districts serving the city.

Nickel Belt has been represented in the Canadian House of Commons since 1953.

It consists of:

  • the part of the Territorial District of Timiskaming lying west of the townships of Fallon and Cleaver;
  • the Territorial District of Sudbury, excluding:
    • the part lying west of and including the townships of Shenango, Lemoine, Carty, Pinogami, Biggs, Rollo, Swayze, Cunningham, Blamey, Shipley, Singapore, Burr and Edighoffer;
    • the part lying south and west of a line and including the townships of Acheson, Venturi and Ermatinger and Totten, west of and excluding the City of Greater Sudbury, and west of and including the Township of Roosevelt;
  • the northeast part of the City of Greater Sudbury;
  • the Town of Killarney (in the territorial district of Manitoulin and Parry Sound);
  • in the Territorial District of Manitoulin, the unorganized territory lying on the north shore of Georgian Bay and east of the town of Killarney; and
  • in the Territorial District of Nipissing, the Town of West Nipissing.

Federal electoral district

The riding of Nickel Belt was created in 1952 from parts of Algoma East, Algoma—Manitoulin, Nipissing, Parry Sound—Muskoka, Sudbury and Timiskaming—Cochrane ridings. It has traditionally included much of the Sudbury District and small parts of the Algoma, Nipissing and Timiskaming Districts, along with all but the urban core of Greater Sudbury.

It consisted initially of parts of the territorial districts of Sudbury and Algoma, and excluding the city of Sudbury, town of Copper Cliff, and the township of McKim. In 1966, it was redefined to consist of parts of the territorial districts of Sudbury excluding the City of Sudbury and the Town of Copper Cliff, and the northeast part of the territorial district of Manitoulin.

In 1976, it was redefined to consist of the southern part of Regional Municipality of Sudbury, the southeast part of the Territorial District of Sudbury, and the part of the Territorial District of Manitoulin including and lying east of the Townships of Killarney, and Rutherford and George Island.

In 1987, it was redefined to consist of the southern part of the Regional Municipality of Sudbury; the geographic townships of Cartier, Cascaden, Foy, Hart, Harty, Hess and Moncrieff and that part of the geographic Township of Trill not within the Town of Walden in the Territorial District of Sudbury; Wahnapitei Indian Reserve No. 11; and Whitefish Lake Indian Reserve No. 6.

In 1996, it was redefined to consist of:

  • the part of the Territorial District of Timiskaming lying west of the eastern limit of the geographic townships of Douglas and Geikie;
  • the Territorial District of Sudbury excluding:
    • the part lying west of the eastern boundary of the townships of Shenango, Lemoine, Carty, Pinogami, Biggs, Rollo, Swayze, Cunningham, Blamey, Shipley, Singapore, Burr and Edighoffer;
    • the part lying south and west of and including the townships of Acheson, Venturi, Ermatinger, Totten and west of but excluding the Regional Municipality of Sudbury, and west of but including the Townships of Foster and Curtin.
    • the part lying east of a line and including the Townships of Stull, Valin, Cotton, Beresford and Creelman, east of and excluding the Regional Municipality of Sudbury and the Township of Hawley, east of and excluding the Townships of Hendrie and Hoskin, east of and excluding the Townships of Cosby, Mason and Martland;
  • the part of Regional Municipality of Sudbury south of a line drawn from east to west along Highway 69, south along Long Lake Road, ; thence southerly along Long Lake Road, and west along the north boundary of the Township of Broder.

In 2003, it was given its current boundaries as described above.

Members of Parliament

This riding has elected the following Members of Parliament:

Parliament Years Member Party
Algoma East, Algoma—Manitoulin, Nipissing, Parry Sound—Muskoka, Sudbury and Timiskaming—Cochrane prior to 1952
22nd 1953-1957     Léoda Gauthier Liberal
23rd 1957-1958
24th 1958-1962     Osias Godin Liberal
25th 1962-1963
26th 1963-1965
27th 1965-1968     Norman Fawcett New Democrat
28th 1968-1972     Gaetan Serré Liberal
29th 1972-1974     John Rodriguez New Democrat
30th 1974-1979
31st 1979-1980
32nd 1980-1984     Judy Erola Liberal
33rd 1984-1988     John Rodriguez New Democrat
34th 1988-1993
35th 1993-1997     Ray Bonin Liberal
36th 1997-2000
37th 2000-2004
38th 2004-2006
39th 2006-2008

Federal election results

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