Rural communities are key to Canada’s economy, culture, and social fabric. They work with urban centres to make our country the successful, prosperous place that it is.
Rural communities are an integral part of the Canadian economy, contributing to the tourism, high-tech, and manufacturing sectors. They are on the front lines of Canada’s resource economy.
Rural Canadians work in agriculture, mining, oil and gas, forestry, fisheries, and aquaculture. These sectors have long been Canadian centres of expertise, and now represent some of the most technologically advanced industries in the country, using artificial intelligence, precision farming systems, drones, biosciences, and other cutting edge technologies.
We cannot have a prosperous country without successful, competitive, and thriving rural communities.
However, rural Canada, like the rest of the country, is facing its own unique challenges. Canada is undergoing rapid changes, which are having a direct impact on rural communities. Transformative new technologies are creating enormous opportunities for rural Canada, while at the same time threatening to disrupt communities and their workers.
Climate change is also having a direct impact on the resources that some communities harvest, and the ways in which they harvest them.
These changes will affect employment, training, migration, housing needs, and more in rural communities, which is why it is essential to prepare for these changes. To position rural Canada for continued success in the future, it is important to recognize that not all rural communities are the same.
Many rural communities have told us that it is often one significant change that can help unlock potential. For example, the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway in the Northwest Territories addressed many of these issues for the community of Tuktoyaktuk, which is benefiting from new tourism opportunities and reduced transportation costs for goods and services.
Our intent is to support rural communities as they develop and invest in the tools and solutions that unlock opportunities for their residents.
Through the Rural Economic Development Strategy, the Government of Canada supports strong and resilient rural communities as an integral part of the Canadian economy.
Click on the following link to view the entire Rural Economic Development Strategy for Canada.