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Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation  E-Newsletter
March 2017
IMG_2105Ariel photograph of Churchill, Manitoba
Different by Design - Registration is Now Open! 


The Different by Design – Exploring Innovation for Rural Prosperity conference will explore the unique potential and many possibilities that exists in rural places. The 2017 Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation conference will be co-hosted with Applied Research and Innovation Centre, Selkirk College. The conference will take place in Nelson, British Columbia from September 20-23, 2017. 

Registration for the upcoming conference is now available. The early bird discount rates are available until 30 June 2017. Discounts are also available to CRRF members. If you are not currently a member, or your membership recently expired, you can sign up as a member here and qualify for the CRRF member discount registration. 

Space at the conference is limited, do not hesitate to register! 

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CRRF Membership Renewal


The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) is a member-based organization. Now in its third 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

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Over 3000 Tweets and Counting 


Are you on social media? Do you follow CRRF on Twitter? If not, we suggest you to to ensure you do not miss any rural news! In early March we surpassed over 3,000 tweets about rural development news, policies, debates, and events. Recent messages shared through Twitter include  information about upcoming funding programs, regional debates on rural school closures, and rural broadband connectivity. 

Thanks to the over 700 followers to the CRRF Twitter account. You can follow CRRF on Twitter by clicking here. You can also follow CRRF on Facebook and LinkedIn

Emerging Rural Research

In February, the CRRF e-newsletter showcased emerging rural researchers and community-based organizations. A total of 15 rural research initiatives were showcased! Thank you to each of the researchers and organizations for submitting details of your initiatives. Thank you to readers who passed along comments, suggestions, or expressed an interest in their research. You can still connect with each of the rural researchers and organizations - simply re-visit the February 2017 newsletter

If you were trying to connect with Danielle Robinson please note an error occurred in her email address. Danielle can be contacted at

New Episodes of Rural Routes Podcasts


What does it mean to live rurally in the 21st century? Rural Routes Podcasts recently published two new episodes exploring this exact topic. Details of the new episodes are listed below. 

“Canada is a land of immigrants” is a phrase we hear often. And while that is certainly true in many ways, immigration is a complex issue we don’t spend nearly as much time talking about as we should. Michael Haan is Canada Research Chair in Immigration and Ethnic Relations at Western University in London, Ontario, and he spends a lot of time thinking about immigration in Canada, especially rural Canada. I had an opportunity to talk to Dr. Haan last fall in his office at Western University. This is a part of that conversation.

In Canada, we recognize 14 social and economic factors that influence human health. These social determinants of health range from income and education, to housing, to gender and race. Lars Hallström thinks we could add living rural to that list. This episode of Rural Routes is the first one in which we tackle health and well being in rural areas.

You can listen to episode 13 and 14, or any previous episodes, of Rural Routes Podcasts through the website (, iTunes, Soundcloud, and Google Play

Government of PEI's Initiative to Build Growth and Prosperity

Premier Wade MacLauchlan on February 15, 2017 announced changes to Cabinet to provide leadership on government’s priorities to build growth and prosperity in all communities and regions of Prince Edward Island. The following members were sworn-in this afternoon during a ceremony at Government House: Honourable Sonny (Stanley) Gallant, Minister of Workforce and Advanced Learning and  Honourable Pat W. Murphy, Minister of Rural and Regional Development

“Prince Edward Island has an integrated economy that is outperforming the region and that is based on the many successes of both rural and urban communities; in order for Prince Edward Island to thrive and for Islanders to benefit, all regions must be strong and working together to seize our opportunities,” the Premier said. “The changes announced today provide the senior leadership to drive this important work and to engage with all Islanders to build a prosperous future. This leadership will provide a focus on employment, population, and prosperity for all of Prince Edward Island.”   

The new portfolio of Rural and Regional Development will provide leadership on rural and regional development initiatives related to economy, population, community, and growth. Overall economic success and prosperity on Prince Edwards Island is based on comprehensive growth in all regions and in both rural and urban parts of our province.

The two Ministers will work closely with their Cabinet and caucus colleagues to fulfill government’s priorities of People, Prosperity and Engagement as reflected in the Ministerial Mandate Letters.

New Report: Forum on Housing and the Mobile Workforce in Newfoundland and Labrador

A new report reveals a need for housing that is accessible and affordable for mobile workers and other residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. The report, by the Newfoundland and Labrador research component of the On the Move Partnership, a national research project headquartered at Memorial, is the outcome of a forum that explored the housing-related pressures faced by communities in this province in the context of a mobile workforce.

Research in this area is particularly important to residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, a place with a long history of working far from home. The province has experienced unprecedented economic growth in recent years, driven largely by oil and gas, mining and energy projects in remote areas of Newfoundland and Labrador and other parts of Canada, particularly Alberta. Communities across the province benefit from this growth, but also face associated challenges. Some of these challenges include housing, such as housing affordability, sense of place, and community engagement.

The full report, Forum on Housing and the Mobile Workforce in Newfoundland and Labrador, is available here

from Environmental Policy Institute, 
Grenfell Campus, Memorial University 

New Publication: Canadian Perspectives of Immigration on Small Cities

This book examines immigration to small cities throughout Canada. It explores the distinct challenges brought about by the influx of people to urban communities which typically have less than 100,000 residents. 

The essays are organized into four main sections: partnerships, resources, and capacities; identities, belonging, and social networks; health, politics, and diversity, and Francophone minority communities. Taken together, they provide a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary perspective on the contemporary realities of immigration to small urban locations.

Readers will discover how different groups of migrants, immigrants, and Francophone minorities confront systemic discrimination; how settlement agencies and organizations develop unique strategies for negotiating limited resources and embracing opportunities brought about by changing demographics; and how small cities work hard to develop inclusive communities and respond to social exclusions.

As a complement to metropolitan-based works on immigration in Canada, this collection offers an important dimension in migration studies that will be of interest to academics, researchers, as well as policymakers and practitioners working on immigrant integration and settlement. 

Further information on this new publication can be found at

2017 Rural Symposium Summary


Sixteen graduate students from The University of Guelph’s Ontario Agricultural College, Ontario Veterinarian College, and the College of Social and Applied Human Science presented their research to provincial policy makers at the Rural Symposium on February 14th, 2017. Supported by the University of Guelph’s School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD), the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), as well as the Rural Policy Learning Commons (RPLC), this annual initiative allows government decision makers to engage first hand with student researchers who have stake in the future of rural Canada. Rich discussion was had around ideas ranging from farmland preservation, to rural youth retention strategies. To find the symposium's report, review the presentation slides and engage with student presenters via email, visit the Rural Symposium branch of the Libro Professorship in Regional Economic Development website at

Valencia Gaspard and Sara Epp

Recent Rural Newsletters 

Call for Papers/Presentations

Over the past month, CRRF has received the following calls for papers, presentations, and panels. For further information on each call, please follow the hyperlinks below. 

Rural Reports and News from Around the Country

Celebrating rural women (Moose Jaw Times Herald)

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Keep up to date on all CRRF/FCRR activities, news, and updates from across the country regarding rural and regional development by following CRRF/FCRR on our social media platforms. You can follow CRRF/FCRR on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

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Upcoming Rural Events

13-24 March 2017
New York City, USA

14 March 2017
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

15 March 2017 at 12:30 pm EDT

16 March 2017 
St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador 

16-18 March 2017
Montréal, Québec

17-18 March 2017 
Winnipeg, Manitoba

22-23 March 2017
Alfred, Ontario 

22-23 March 2017 
Eindhoven, Netherlands

27 March 2017 
St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador 

30 March 2017
Orillia, Ontario 

6 April 2017 
Brandon, Manitoba

24-26 April 2017
Winnipeg, Manitoba

1-5 May 2017
Vancouver, British Columbia

9-10 May 2017 
Ottawa, Ontario 

10-12 May 2017
Winnipeg, Manitoba

11-12 May 2017
Toronto, Ontario

May 30 - June 2, 2017
Toronto, Ontario

More rural events can be found at

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