Connecting with Canadians

Research Report:

A Review of Rural and Regional Development Policies and Programs

by Mark Goldenberg


Federal and provincial governments in Canada and their counterparts in other jurisdictions have struggled with the challenge of reversing rural depopulation and strengthening rural and regional development.  Responses have varied and had varying degrees of success.  Four approaches have marked government policy and program activity:  using primarily economic instruments; innovation and technology development; community economic development and the social economy; and, community development and capacity building. A Review of Rural and Regional Development Policies and Programs describes innovative approaches in polices and programs for rural and regional development from 13 jurisdictions in Canada, Europe and the United States.

Release Date: 6 Mar 2008
Number of pages: 81
Document number: 49496