Location of Valley East within Greater Sudbury.
|Ward||5, 6, 7|
|• City Councillors||Robert Kirwan, René Lapierre, Mike Jakubo, Fuschia Boston|
|• Governing Body||Greater Sudbury City Council|
|• MPs||Claude Gravelle (NDP)|
|• MPPs||France Gélinas (NDP)|
|Population (2001)Statistics Canada|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|Postal Code FSA||P3N, P3P|
|Website||Valley East Community Action Network|
First incorporated in 1973 as a separate town within the Regional Municipality of Sudbury, Valley East took its name from the fact that it comprised the eastern half of the Sudbury Basin. It was the largest of the six towns in the Regional Municipality, and due to population growth, was reincorporated as a city in 1997. 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. In 2001, the last Canadian census 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, Mike Jakubo and René Lapierre.
Blezard Valley is located in the geographic township of Blezard, and was named in the 1880s for Thomas Blezard.
The township of Hanmer has been around since the early 1900s.
Notable residents of Val-Caron include former NHL player Ron Duguay, and NHL hockey player Andrew Brunette. Address and telephone service in Val-Caron also includes the smaller neighbourhoods of Flake, Guilletville, Laurentian and McCrea Heights.
Address and telephone service in Val-Thérèse also includes Elmview.
The Valley Meteor is a full colour community newspaper serving Valley East, Capreol, and a portion of Rayside-Balfour. It was founded by John "Jack" Kretzschmar (publisher and editor), in October, 2010. It mails out to all addresses in its service area, with a total circulation of 13,000.
The area is otherwise served by citywide media.
The Valley East Community Theatre was founded in 1998 by Marcel Gauthier and Ron Babbin. The theater 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)