FCM’s Rural Forum was established in 2001 with a mandate to advocate to the federal government on behalf of rural communities and bring rural perspectives to the forefront of FCM. Forum members are FCM board and committee members from rural communities across Canada, as well as board and committee members from urban communities with a significant rural land base or interest. All the Provincial and Territorial Association Presidents are members of the Forum and speak on behalf of their members who wouldn’t otherwise be at the table.

The Rural Forum meets a minimum of three times a year to identify and discuss issues of national significance for rural Canada, including rural infrastructure, economic development and broadband connectivity. The Forum also advocates directly to federal leaders on rural member priorities. With the united voice of rural communities from coast to coast to coast, the Forum will continue to work to ensure rural leaders have the tools they need to strengthen their communities—and build a better Canada.

30%
National GDP generated in non-metro areas
10M
Canadians living outside census metropolitan areas
2x
Rate of temperature increase in Canada’s North compared to southern regions
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