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Rural

Canada's rural communities are essential to the country's economic, social and environmental well-being. Despite this important role, many local governments in rural Canada face formidable challenges. They must provide adequate public infrastructure — roads, bridges, wastewater facilities — with limited revenues and financial capacity.

Budget 2017 confirmed additional details on the $2 billion Rural and Northern Communities Fund that was announced in the 2016 Fall Economic Statement to support a broad range of infrastructure projects. Funds will be allocated to provinces and territories, using a base-plus-per-capita formula.

Local governments in rural Canada recognize that strategies to eliminate barriers to economic development must be accompanied by new and innovative approaches to retain and attract people to rural communities, including youth and newcomers. They are ready to work with all orders of government to spur economic growth and improve quality of life in order to build more vibrant and sustainable rural communities.

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FCM Resources

A THRIVING RURAL CANADA - SEIZING THE MOMENT IN FEDERAL BUDGET 2017

Seizing the moment:
Rural Canada

FCM's recommendations for how to seize the moment for rural Canada in the Federal Budget 2017.

A THRIVING RURAL CANADA - RISING TO THE MOMENT IN FEDERAL BUDGET 2016

Federal Budget 2016

A Thriving Rural Canada 
Rising to the Moment in Federal Budget 2016.

Rural Broadband

Rural broadband

Governments need to continue working on a long-term broadband plan for rural Canada.

Action Plan for a Strong Rural Canada

An Action Plan for a Strong Rural Canada

An Action Plan for a Strong Rural Canada highlights actions that the federal government must take to build vibrant and sustainable rural communities in FCM's 2015 Federal Election Platform.

Rural report fact sheets

Rural report fact sheets

FCM has prepared ten fact sheets on key rural demographics and data compiled from a FCM commisioned report by Ray Bollman.

Quick Facts

10.4 million



The number of Canadians who live in rural communities, as of 2011.

30%



The percentage of national GDP generated in rural Canada-in sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture and transportation.

29%



The percentage of rural Canadians who have access to high speed Internet, compared to near universal access in medium and large urban centres.

39



The number of rural areas that lost more than 20% of their youth population to out-migration between 2007 and 2012.

Page Updated: 18/04/2017