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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 them.

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 :

Aline MacDougall
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Rural Secretariat
(613) 759-7388
Éric Tétrault
Press Director
Minister's Office
(819) 953-1098


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