Conference Brochure (PDF)

The International Rural Nursing Congress strives to address multidimensional issues related to rural nursing and health care and the special issues that impact the health of people in rural areas. Participants who are health care providers, educators, scholars, public policy advocates and others interested in international rural health issues are encouraged to attend.

The Canadian Rural Health Research Society’s mission is to facilitate research aimed at improving the health of people living in rural and remote Canada. There are two specific goals:

  1. To build inter-disciplinary, multidisciplinary, mutually supportive and community-focused research networks concerned with rural and remote health; and
  2. To develop health research that is responsive to the needs of people living in rural and remote communities.

Researchers, educators, health care providers, public policy advocates, program developers, administrators and others interested in rural health issues are invited to attend.

Welcome to this joint conference!


The City of Greater Sudbury is the home of the Big Nickel, Science North, Dynamic Earth, the INCO Superstack, and other landmarks and tourist attractions. It is where major re-greening and land reclamation activities have taken place over the past three decades. Its ecological regeneration efforts have earned Sudbury international acclaim, including the UN Local Government Award and the US Chevron Award. Festivities and cultural events abound, like the Northern Light Festival, Sudbury Dragon Boat Festival, Cinéfest, La Nuit sur l’étang and IMAX Festival.

Sudbury has become the health services hub of northeastern Ontario, thanks to the Sudbury Regional Hospital, Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre, Northeast Mental Health Centre, Northern Ontario Medical School, Northeastern Ontario Medical Education Corporation, Canadian Blood Services National Contact Centre, among others.

A research-intensive community, Sudbury is one of the most important geological research and mining development centres in the world. Equally active are health researchers at the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research, the Cancer Centre, the Northern Centre for Biotechnology and Clinical Research, the Public Health Research, Education and Development Program, and the Northern Health Information Partnership.

Visit Sudbury – See and experience it for yourself!


To qualify for the special student rate, you must present proof of student status (e.g., student card, dated letter from your supervisor) when you arrive at the on-site registration desk.


When booking accommodation, please request conference rates.

Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel (host hotel)
1696 Regent Street
Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 3Z8
Phone: (705) 522-3000
Fax: (705) 522-8067

When booking at this hotel, use the registration code: CARU
Standard rooms . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 100.00 Cdn
Deluxe rooms . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 115.00 Cdn

Travelodge Hotel Sudbury 1401 Paris Street
Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 3B6
Phone: (705) 522-1100 or 1-800-578-7878
Fax: (705) 522-1668
Standard rooms . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 99.00 Cdn
Deluxe two room suite . . . . . . .$ 110.00 Cdn


A valid passport or internationally recognized travel document is required to enter Canada. For some countries, visa processing may take time, so it is advisable to apply for a Canadian visa well in advance.

This office will issue Invitation Letters for international participants wishing to obtain visa entry to Canada only after receiving a $25.00 Cdn fee for processing and mailing. Cheque/money orders are payable to the University of Saskatchewan.