Rural Economic Development

Rural Economic Development

Rural Opportunity

NEW: Rural Opportunities, National Prosperity: An Economic Development Strategy for Rural Canada

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Canadians living in rural communities have unique needs. We hear from the people in these communities who need access to better infrastructure, including 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 through the Investing in Canada plan to renew public infrastructure, which can attract new talent and investment, create new jobs and business opportunities to ensure that rural Canada continues to thrive.

Rural Economic Development Strategy

On June 27, 2019, the Government of Canada released a new federal strategy called Rural Opportunities, National Prosperity: An Economic Development Strategy for Rural Canada.

The strategy is based on extensive consultations with the people living and working in rural communities across Canada – like forestry workers, entrepreneurs, and farmers – as well as community leaders, associations, businesses, academics, municipalities, Indigenous groups, and provincial and territorial governments. It directly responds to the priorities, concerns and ideas we heard from rural Canada, and puts people, places, and partnerships at the centre of rural economic development.

Under the strategy, there is work being done across the federal government that will help remove the most pressing of these challenges, such as access to high-speed broadband, to help communities take advantage of all the opportunities that the new digital and global economies offer. Launched concurrently, High-Speed Access for All: Canada's Connectivity Strategy is the Government's plan to ensure that over time all Canadians have access to affordable, high-speed internet, no matter where they live. It also commits to improving cellular access where Canadians live and work, and along major highways and roads.

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Through investments in affordable housing; support for tourism, business development and immigration; investments in infrastructure and skills development; and measures to increase labour availability, we are working with communities to build their economic growth, create good middle-class jobs and ensure their sustainability.

The Rural Economic Development Strategy lays the foundation for a more prosperous, competitive and thriving rural Canada, where residents have the opportunity to pursue meaningful careers and experience a high quality of life for generations to come.

Contact Us

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. Please feel free to contact us by email at or by mail:

Infrastructure Canada, Centre for Rural Economic Development
180, Kent Street, 11th floor
Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 0B6

Minister Maryam Monsef
The Honourable Maryam Monsef

Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development

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Gudie Hutchings
Gudie Hutchings

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development

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