Rural Economic Development

Update

On August 13, 2021, Canada's Rural Economic Development Strategy: Progress Report August 2021 (PDF Version) (1.85 MB) was released.

The HTML version will be available shortly.

Rural communities have unique needs, challenges and opportunities. These include: access to better community infrastructure such as improved roads and bridges, cleaner drinking water, affordable housing, and faster, more reliable Internet service, all of which can make a big difference in the quality of life of rural Canadians.

The Government of Canada is making significant investments that are creating opportunities for growth and diversification to ensure that rural Canada continues to thrive. The Rural Economic Development Strategy outlines a whole-of-government approach to meeting the economic and social development and sustainability needs of rural Canada, including connectivity, climate change and adaptation, infrastructure, skills and labour, housing and tourism.

As COVID-19 continues to have an unprecedented impact, the Government of Canada is taking strong action to help all Canadians, including rural Canadians, no matter where they live.

Programs and initiatives for rural communities

Economic Development

Economic Development

Rural communities are crucial to the economic success of Canada, contributing 30 percent of the country's GDP. Supporting businesses and creating strong and dynamic local economies are key to prosperity in rural communities.

Connectivity / Broadband

Connectivity / Broadband

All Canadians, no matter where they live, need high-speed Internet to connect with family, keep up at school, run a business and access essential medical services.


Climate Change and Adaptation

Climate Change and Adaptation

Climate change is having a profound effect on rural communities, especially those in the North.


Infrastructure

Infrastructure

Strong and modern infrastructure is an essential building block for Canada's competitiveness and the long-term prosperity of Canadians, whether they live in large cities or small communities.

Skills and Labour

Skills and Labour

In addition to having a higher unemployment rate than the national average, rural Canada also faces significant labour shortages, particularly of skilled workers.

Housing

Housing

Regardless of where they live, access to affordable and attainable housing is important to Canadians.


Tourism

Tourism

Tourism is a growing industry with high potential, supporting 1.8 million jobs. In fact, 56 percent of tourism jobs are in rural areas.

Immigration

Immigration

Economic immigration is helping rural communities across Canada attract and retain skilled workers to fill labour shortages and support its economic sectors.

Centre for Rural Economic Development

The Centre for Rural Economic Development works collaboratively with rural leaders and stakeholders across Canada on community economic development issues. Visit Centre for Rural Economic Development to learn more.

We want to hear from you

We continue to collect innovative ideas and research about additional ways to create opportunities and improve the quality of life for rural communities across Canada. Contact us.

Benefits in rural communities

Raysolar Renewable Energy, MB

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Manitoba's Raysolar on renewable energy

In our country and across the globe, Raysolar is bringing #RuralOpportunity around the world with renewable energy systems.

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Manitoba's Raysolar on renewable energy

"What we're doing in renewable energy as an English-speaking and French-speaking business is very, very unique."

– Ray Panbrum of Raysolar

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Cowessess First Nation, SK

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Regina's Cowessess First Nation on renewable energy

Cowessess First Nation of Regina is creating #RuralOpportunity with Canada's first hybrid renewable energy system.

#WDfunded  #GrowWest

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Regina's cowessess first nation on renewable energy

"This is not just something that benefits Cowessess but the whole world needs to start thinking green if we want our children yet unborn to enjoy the same quality of life that we enjoy today."

– Lionel Sparvier, Councillor of Cowessess First Nation

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White River, ON

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Laying groundwork for growth in White River

The northern #ON community of White River has created a Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic to better support its residents.

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Laying Groundwork for Growth in White River

"This community investment is very important for us…we're on an economic upswing and we really needed help in welcoming new business and people to the community."

– Tina Forsyth, Chief Administrative Officer, White River

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G. E. Barbour, NB

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On women in manufacturing and entrepreneurship

Specializing in tea, nut butters, and spice, this New Brunswick-based company is enjoying the taste of success!

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On women in manufacturing and entrepreneurship

"The opportunities that women bring with them are real and should be part of any company's success plan."

– Sylvia MacVey, President and CEO of G.E. Barbour

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