As Canada’s population continues to grow, rural Canada is facing a population squeeze. As per Statistics Canada’s Census data, the rural population (percent of total population living in rural communities) has declined from more than 50% in the mid 1900s to less than 20% as of 2016. As investment and jobs continue to grow in urban areas, mega-farms and the allure of major urban centres is pressuring rural communities to develop strategies to retain their residents.
RDN works with rural communities and stakeholders to help identify their current assets, as well as formulate a strategy for revitalizing their community moving forward. Developing this understanding of a community’s strengths and weaknesses allows for more directed economic development and partnerships as communities seek to solve their most crucial issues and provide best-value services to their residents.