Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

May 29, 2009 12:40 ET

The Government of Canada Renews its Commitment to Rural Canada

SAINT-AMBROISE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 29, 2009) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture), renewed the Government of Canada's commitment to rural citizens today. Canada's Rural Partnership (CRP) will be continued through March 2013. The $45.6 million investment over four years will allow the Rural Secretariat to work with rural citizens and their communities to overcome challenges and make the most of their opportunities created by the land.

"The next four years of Canada's Rural Partnership is about results for rural Canadians," said Minister Blackburn. "Communities across Canada, like our forestry, mining, farming, fishing, agricultural and manufacturing communities, have been the foundation of our economy for generations - and we cannot thrive without them."

Canada's Rural Partnership will focus on enhancing the competitiveness of rural regions, fostering the transformation of local ideas and untapped assets into sustainable economic activities, and facilitating the development of new economic opportunities from existing natural and cultural amenities.

The Government of Canada's Rural Secretariat will work in partnership with non-governmental organizations in an effort to find creative ways to supply the critical services that rural communities need to prosper.

The new direction is the next step based on the lessons learned over the first ten years of the CRP. Having worked with rural citizens building knowledge and tools for rural development, the Rural Secretariat is transitioning to a more active services approach designed to achieve more results for rural communities.

"Resource-dependent communities are struggling in the face of a reduced demand for natural resources and declining prices because of the restructuring of resource industries. In view of this, I am pleased to announce that, included with the renewal of the CRP, there is a new program that will lighten the painful adjustments made in communities across Canada", said Minister Blackburn. "The Community Development Program, Building Rural and Northern Partnerships, is a tool that will assist communities - especially those that are resource-dependent - in activities that will make a difference in rural communities."

For more information on Canada's Rural Partnership and to find guidelines for the new Community Development Program, please visit www.rural.gc.ca.



BACKGROUNDER

CANADA'S RURAL PARTNERSHIP COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The Community Development Program, Building rural and Northern Partnerships is a program which offers funding to assist rural and northern regions to get information, and access/develop the expertise, tools and processes they need to:

- Respond to rural/northern challenges and opportunities; and

- Become more competitive by collaborating regionally, building on their local assets and developing unused potential.

The objective of the program is to support stakeholders in the development of collaborative activities which engage communities and develop and transfer knowledge to address one or more of the rural/northern priorities.

All projects submitted must address one or more rural or northern priorities:

1. Enhancing the competitiveness of rural and northern regions;

2. Fostering the transformation of local ideas and untapped assets into sustainable innovative economic activities; and

3. Facilitating the development of new economic opportunities from existing natural and cultural amenities.

Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, organizations or associations, universities, co-operatives, non-governmental organizations (NGO's), local governments, and provincial and territorial governments (only when there is no local government presence).

Preference will be given to projects that:

- impact resource-based rural and northern communities (forestry, agriculture, fisheries, mining and energy);

- have a multi-sector/multi-community collaboration in addition to funding partners, or are regional in nature; and

- support the transfer and adoption of knowledge and know-how around the use of new technologies for community development and knowledge building purposes.

Partnerships-Partnership projects develop partnerships and partnering initiatives among stakeholders to enhance capacity for innovative development.

Funding: for rural regions, funding can reach up to one half of total project costs, to a maximum of $75,000 per project for regional projects and $100,000 for national projects. For northern regions, funding can reach up to two thirds of total project costs, to a maximum of $75,000 per project for regional projects and $100,000 for national projects.

Knowledge Building - Knowledge Building projects develop:

- Knowledge about barriers to rural development and information used to address these barriers;

- Knowledge about gaps that exist in accessing and using tools and information for rural development; and/or

- New tools and information for addressing the gaps and barriers to rural development.

All projects must transfer knowledge to communities and regions to increase the awareness, availability and accessibility of information, expertise, tools and processes. Impacts must be validated with communities and a consultation report must be attached to the application form.

Funding: For rural regions, funding can reach up to one half of total project costs, to a maximum of $200,000 per project and up to $100,000 per fiscal year. For northern regions, funding can reach up to two thirds of total project costs, to a maximum of $200,000 per project and up to $100,000 per fiscal year.

Workshops - Workshop projects engage and mobilize community and regional stakeholders in collaborative development initiatives and can be a workshop, a series of workshops, a conference or a forum. All workshop projects must include rural specific content and be designed to provide definite results and impacts in rural regions.

Funding: Funding can reach up to one half of total project costs, to a maximum of $15,000 per project for rural regions and up to up to two thirds of total project costs, to a maximum of $30,000 per project for northern regions.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    The Office of the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn
    Sophie Doucet
    Press Secretary
    Office: 613-947-7298
    Cell: 613-608-3252