Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

September 12, 2005 17:36 ET

AAFC: The Government of Canada Supports the Fifth Universite Rurale Quebecoise in the Outaouais

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 12, 2005) - The Universite rurale Quebecoise in the Outaouais, with the support of the Government of Canada, will attract over 300 local and regional development stakeholders and university researchers from all across rural Quebec to share their knowledge and expertise.

David Smith, Member of Parliament for Pontiac on behalf of the Honourable Wayne Easter, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food with special emphasis on Rural Development, announced that the Universite du Quebec in the Outaouais is receiving $15,000 for the fifth Universite rurale Quebecoise. This event will run through September 16, 2005, throughout the Outaouais region. An activity day is also planned in Prescott-Russell county, in Eastern Ontario.

Under the theme "Building Rural-Urban Solidarity," the Universite rurale Quebecoise will hold activities to bring university researchers together with stakeholders from various organizations, as well as rural development specialists, to exchange knowledge with those who are involved daily in their communities' development.

"Rural communities need accurate, practical information to plan successful community development projects. I am delighted that the Government of Canada has the opportunity to support an initiative that promotes sharing knowledge and experience that will help with the sustainable development of rural communities," Mr. Smith said.

This event, which is held every two years, was launched in 1997 by a group of research professors from the Universite du Quebec network with three objectives: to build the skills of rural development stakeholders, to increase knowledge and expertise exchange promoting the dissemination of research results and best practices; and to promote rural life and its issues, challenges and successes.

"Through events such as this, we have an excellent opportunity to empower rural communities to take charge of their own development, a goal pursued by the Universite rurale Quebecoise that we are proud to support through the Canadian rural Partnership", added Mr. Easter.

The learning activities at the 2005 Universite rurale Quebecoise include 18 travelling workshops, as well as plenary sessions and discussion forums on various themes, such as economic development, land management, governance and skill development.

Funding for this event comes from the $5-million, five-year Community Capacity Building plan announced in June 2002 designed to assist in creating vibrant communities in rural Canada.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Quebec region
    Rural Communications
    Rural Secretariat
    (418) 648-3754