GOVERNMENT OF CANADA PROVIDES $50,000
FUNDING TO ENHANCE QUALITY OF LIFE IN RURAL COMMUNITIES
RIMOUSKI, March 19, 2001 The Honourable Alphonso Gagliano, federal
minister responsible for Quebec, announced $50,000 in funding to help improve the quality
of life of rural Canadians. The announcement was made today on behalf of Andy Mitchell,
Secretary of State (Rural Development)(Federal Economic Development Initiative for
Northern Ontario). The funding has been awarded to the Canadian Rural Revitalization
Foundation (CRRF) for a project entitled Building Capacity in Agricultural Communities.
The research project will include a survey on the changing economic and social conditions
of four communities where agriculture is an important aspect of the local economy. It is
intended to help local people in each of those communities identify the changes affecting
The survey will be conducted among producers, organizations, businesses, and households,
and will provide systematic, comparable information regarding the response of those
surveyed. The survey will answer questions critical to understanding the changes being
experienced in these communities, and build local capacity to choose and take appropriate
action in the light of these understandings.
"Working with community leaders, 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 changing economy," Mr. Gagliano said.
"This project will help local people in each community identify the changes affecting
them, and to develop solutions and opportunities from these changes," said Dr. Bruno
Jean of the Université du Québec à Rimouski, and CRRF president.
For more information :
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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