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Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation  E-Newsletter
November 2018

2019 CRRF and NAF Conference - Call for Proposals 



The 2019 North Atlantic Forum and the  Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference will bring together practitioners, policy makers, community leaders, and researchers interested in rural sustainability issues.  This conference is a unique opportunity to share your own successes, learn from other, and to hear the latest on issues that matter to communities and people who live and work in rural regions

The conference organizing committee will accept abstracts for oral presentations, panels, capacity building sessions, and posters for 2019 conference until March 31, 2019. The conference theme is Sustainable Communities, with a focus on:
  • Labour Market and Labour Mobility, The Future of Rural Work
  • Food Security (Agriculture, Fisheries, Aquaculture)
  • Drinking Water in Rural and Remote Communities
  • Cultural and Heritage Industries – Rural Identity, Tourism, Social Enterprise
  • Rural Engagement
For further information on the conference visit

Take a Watch -- CRRF at 30 Years

A commemorative video kicking off the 30th annivesary of CRRF was launched at the recent conference in Saskatoon. Take a watch of the great video - look back at 30 years of Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation, from the Agricultural and Rural Restructuring Group to today. Featuring memories of members past, present, and future, and photos of national conferences and workshops from over the years. You can watch the full video on Youtube by clicking here.

The video was created by Hannah Main, a doctoral student at Dalhousie University. 

Call for New and Emerging Researchers Profiles

Each year, the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation devotes the February issue of the newsletter to showcasing new and emerging rural researchers and new rural initiatives being led by community organizations. This is an opportunity to raise the profile of new and emerging research to national and international audiences. Further, the research profiles also facilitate new connections to other people interested in similar topics. Previous editions of the New and Emerging Researcher newsletter can be found here: 2018 edition and 2017 edition

To submit a profile, simply click here: The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2019.  

New Initiative: Sustainability of Rural Nonprofit Organizations

Non-profit organizations play an increasingly important role in rural regions. Yet, these organizations are chronically lacking in capacity, including being both understaffed and under-financed, as well as having high turnover rates and loss of institutional memory as a result. 

A new research project funded by Mitacs Accelerate will explore how non-profit organizations and charities in rural communities deliver their mandate in light of these challenges, with a particular emphasis on human resources. The objective is to identify and understand the critical factors that contribute to successful governance of their organizations and what strategies and practices have been successful in other places. This new initiative is a partnership between CRRF, Mitacs, and Ryan Gibson (School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph). 

For further information on this initiative visit: Stay tuned for further information emerging from this research initiative in the coming months! 

New Rural Routes Podcasts


What does it mean to live rurally in the 21st century? The third season of Rural Routes Podcasts is well underway. Details of the new episodes are listed below. 

2nd Call for Papers: Island States/Island Territories: Sharing Stories of Life, Governance, and Global Engagement

Conference organizers are seeking submissions for the upcoming 1st International Conference on Small Island States (SIS) and Subnational Island Jurisdictions (SNIJs) will take place in Oranjestad, Aruba. The conference will bring together researchers from all discplines to share stories of island life, governance, and global engagement. 

The deadline for submissions is November 23, 2018. For further infromation on the call for submissions and the conference visit:

New Research Project Aims to  Improve Data Sharing in Northern, Remote Places

University of Guelph Logo It’s called Canada’s digital divide, one that University of Guelph researchers aim to help bridge. Improving communications, information-sharing and health and environmental monitoring through better mobile connectivity in Northern and remote communities is the goal of a cross-Canada research project involving University of Guelph computer scientists.

Mitacs recently announced a $2.13 million project in partnership with Left and the University of Guelph. The funding will enable the University and Left to further develop the company’s patented mobile mesh networking technology, called RightMesh. This networking protocol allows mobile devices – smartphones, tablets, laptops – enabled by Bluetooth, WiFi and WiFi Direct to communicate quickly, effectively and cheaply without being connected through the Internet or by cellular signal.

The award will support up to 120 graduate student internships over five years. Graduate students and post-doc researchers from U of G and other universities will work with Left on studies of consumer and community needs and technology to optimize RightMesh. Researchers will work with the Inuit community of Rigolet in Labrador’s Nunatsiavut region as a test case for the technology. Rigolet partnered with Left in 2017 to adopt, develop and implement RightMesh. 

For more information on this new initiative, read the full story at University of Guelph News

Article from the 
University of Guelph News

January is Membership Renewal Time!


The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) is a member-based organization. Now in its fourth decade, CRRF is a proven rural resource, dedicated to active collaboration, undertaking, facilitating and advocating research for the ongoing development of Canada’s rural communities and environments. As an informal, volunteer-run organization dedicated to the welfare of rural Canada it provides a host of benefits to an expanding membership. 

CRRF offers both a one-year membership ($30) and a five-year membership ($100), with membership running from January – December. To check out if your CRRF membership is up to date, please click here. Thank you to those individuals who have recently updated their memberships. If your membership has lapsed, you can you click here to renew your membership. Our membership platform recently migrated to a new system. We believe all the 'bugs' are out of the system, however, if you encounter any difficulties in registering please contact CRRF at

Check out the Rural Calendar of Events

Calendar logoKeeping your finger on all the rural events taking place can be time consuming. The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation's website is simplifying the process! 

The CRRF website contains an inventory of upcoming rural events, conferences, workshops, and webinars. The inventory contains rural events from all corners of Canada and internationally. The events cover a diversity of issues relevant to rural communities, such as entrepreneurship, sustainability, economic development, and public policy. The calendar of events welcomes additional submissions. There is no charge to post your upcoming rural event to the online calendar of events. Simply submit the details of your rural event here

Check out the rural calendar of events at The calendar of events is supported by the Policy Fora Team of the Rural Policy Learning Commons.

BC Government Releases Report on Rural Development 


The Government of British Columbia recently released a report titled Rural Development in BC, What We Heard. The purpose of this report was to gain a deeper understanding of the needs and priorities of rural communities. What We Heard summarizes the results into ten common themes that emerged across rural B.C. Respondents indicated the most important themes included: community services and infrastructure, natural resources, access to capital and funding, youth and demographics, governance, education, indigenous reconciliation, housing, technology and innovation, and small business and entrepreneurship. The report also further broke down the province into eight regions and explores the priorities of each. This report will lay a foundation for the development of enhanced rural development programming in the future and will be used to inform provincial activities and initiatives to help support the needs and priorities of rural communities.

You can find the report here:

Got a Question? Ask an Expert in the CRRF Network

Can't find the answer to a rural specific question? Perhaps it is a question related to best practices or about funding programs? Maybe your question is about finding a connection to another organization that has started a similar initiative to yours. Regardless of the topic, send your questions to the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation! We can pose your question to over 2,000 members and supporters from across Canada. Our stakeholders represent local development practitioners, government policy and program officials, researchers, and private businesses. We are sure someone in our network will have an answer or be able to point you in the direction where you can find more information.

To submit a question click here:

Rural Reports and News from Around the Country                                     

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Upcoming Rural Events

National Housing Conference
November 21-22, 2018
Ottawa, Ontario

Should I Stay or Should I Go- Understanding Youth Outmigration in NL
Nov 22, 2018
St. John's Newfoundland

Small-island Tourism: Economic Value and Trends in the NL Context
Nov 26, 2018
St. John's Newfoundland

Grow Canada Conference
November 27, 2018
Ottawa, Ontario

Rural Newcomer Integration - Regional Forum 
November 29-30, 2018
The Blue Mountains, ON

Ignite- FCC Farmers Summit
December 1, 2018
Port Perry, Ontario

Communicating Agriculture to Municipal Council Community of Practice webinar
December 6, 2018

Muddling Toward Utopia- PEI Social Forum 
December 11, 2018

Western Region Workforce Forum 
December 13, 2018
London, Ontario

Southwest Agricultural Conference
January 3-4, 2019
Ridgetown, ON

Rural Ontario Municipal Association Conference
January 27-29, 2019
Toronto, ON

Economic Developers Council of Ontario Conference
January 31, 2019
Toronto, ON

More rural events can be found at

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Upcoming Rural Events

More rural events can be found at

Do you know of an upcoming rural or regional development event? Let us know and we will add it to our list of events (

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