FUNDING FOR THREE PROJECTS DESIGNED TO
HELP RURAL CANADIANS ADJUST TO CHANGE
OTTAWA, March 16, 2001 The Government of
Canada continues to assist Rural Canadians in adjusting to an ever-changing landscape.
Andy Mitchell, Secretary of State (Rural Development)(Federal Economic Development
Initiative for Northern Ontario) today announced $110,500 in funding for three research
"The projects being funded are clear examples of one of my
guiding principles as Secretary of State for Rural Development they are local
solutions for local challenges, implemented locally," Mr. Mitchell said. "Our
approach is based on strong partnerships with local decision makers."
The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation will receive $50,000
for their project, Building Capacity in Agricultural Communities. Another $50,000
will be used by WESTARC Group Inc., affiliated with Brandon University, for its project,
the Rural Adaptation and Succession Support Program. As well, an agricultural
producer organization, New Brunswick Partners in Agriculture, is receiving $10,500 for the
Rural/Farm Child Care Research Project.
Funding for the three projects will be provided by the
Canadian Agricultural Rural Communities Initiative (CARCI), established to enhance the
sustainability of agricultural rural communities, particularly those affected by the
changes in the agricultural sector.
The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) has been
working with 32 rural communities under the New Rural Economy Project. It will conduct a
survey on the changing economic and social conditions of four communities within the
project where agriculture is an important aspect of the local economy. The survey will be
conducted among producers, organizations, businesses, and households.
"The Building Capacity in Agricultural Communities
project will help local people in each community identify the changes affecting them, and
to develop solutions and opportunities from these changes in order to build more vibrant
rural economies," said Dr. Bruno Jean of the Université du Québec à Rimouski, and
WESTARC (Western Training and Applied Research Centre) concerns
itself with the applied research, training and economic development needs of communities
and organizations in western Canada. The purpose of its CARCI-supported project is to
identify the need for a program that will help stem the departure of farm families from
rural communities and to help those communities attract new families.
"The study will identify means to enable rural communities
to retain young people in both the business of agriculture and in the community,"
said Les Routledge, Executive Director of WESTARC. "It will also explore options for
retiring farmers to remain in their home community in whatever capacity they choose."
The New Brunswick Partners in Agriculture is an agricultural
producer group dedicated to the advancement of New Brunswick farm families through
education, communication and advocacy. Its Rural/Farm Child Care Research Project will
provide information and knowledge to help increase health and safety awareness for
children and families, enhance the economic employment situation for farm/rural families
and child-care providers, reduce stress situations, especially for farm women and their
families, and develop future sustainable rural communities.
"This project will allow us to gather information in order
to make recommendations for future action in the area of rural child care," said
Gabriele Kretzschmar, treasurer of the New Brunswick Partners in Agriculture.
"Working with community leaders," said Mr. Mitchell,
"the Government of Canada is committed to enhancing the quality of life of rural
Canadians and providing opportunities to help rural citizens meet the challenges of a
CARCI has been allocated $9.3 million over three years from the
Canadian Adaptation and Rural Development (CARD) fund. The initiative responds to CARD's
rural development priority. The $60-million-per-year CARD fund is the Government of
Canada's initiative to foster the increased long-term growth, employment and
competitiveness of Canada's agricultural and agri-food industry and agricultural rural
areas. CARD supports change by providing measures to assist the sector in adapting to
structural changes and capture market opportunities.
For more information, contact:
Andy Mitchells Office
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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