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The case for business succession immigration program in Canada

Think about this for a minute: small business is the backbone of the Canadian economy, yet fewer than half of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Canada currently have a succession plan in place. So, to someone such as myself who has concerns about the future of the Canadian economy, this is a little frightening.… Read More


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New Business Loan Program for New Canadians

More than any other barrier to starting and maintaining a business, immigrant entrepreneurs identify access to capital as a challenge. Small business bank loans are difficult to obtain at the best of times, even for well-established businesses owned by Canadians with a credit history. For newcomers, the possibility of securing a bank loan may seem… Read More


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Shortage of Canadians working in agriculture to double by 2025

The Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council has just published the results of a major investigation into labour shortages in agriculture in Canada. The full report is Agriculture 2025: How the Sector’s Labour Challenges Will Shape its Future. At present, the supply of Canadians willing to work on farms is 59,000 less than the demand. Most… Read More


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SMART Green: Funds for Ontario Manufacturers to reduce Greenhouse Gas

In partnership with Government of Ontario, this fall the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters launched the SMART Green fund. This $25 million fund will assist small- and medium-sized manufacturers in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) and improving their energy efficiency. As stated on the official web page for the fund: The program will improve the competitiveness of… Read More


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Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference – Final Day – Human Capital & Migration

One of the interesting sessions at the CRRF conference came from the “human capital and migration” team of the Rural Policy Learning Commons. Linamar Campos (Université de Montréal) spoke about the experience of agriculture temporary foreign workers in communities of rural Quebec. The main issue, as has been noted by many others, is that temporary… Read More


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Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference – Days 3&4 – Rural Data and New Regionalism in Canada

Rural Data Angela Pollak (University of Western Ontario) spoke about the seeking and use of rural information. The concept of information poverty structured her study of how rural individuals access all types of formal and informal information. Perhaps not surprisingly, rural information is more informal with many different implications for how local decisions are made.… Read More


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Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Annual Conference – Day #2

This article features some highlights from the second day of the 28th Annual Rural Policy Conference of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) held from October 12 to 15, 2016 in Guelph.   Lessons from a First Nation Community The program started with a plenary presentation by Andrée Cazabon and Angelica Mckay on “Lessons learned… Read More


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Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Annual Conference – Day #1: The Grand Tour

Today was the first day of the 28th Annual Rural Policy Conference of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF). This conference is being held on October 12-15, 2016 at the Holiday Inn in Guelph. Registration is still open. The program includes rural-related field trips, two days of conference sessions (plenary talks, breakout sessions and workshops)… Read More


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CRRF Day #1 Opening Plenary – Climate Change is The Focus

“What can one do to draw attention to climate change, a phenomenon that may affect all of our lives but which to many of us seems overwhelming and unstoppable?” If your name is Erlend Moster Knudsen, you undertake a very long run to draw attention to this problem. A science communicator and climate researcher, in… Read More


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CRRF has organized Canada’s only annual national rural policy conference for the past 28 years!

The annual conference of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation starts tomorrow (October 12, 2016) in Guelph. Tomorrow I will be attending the Annual Rural Policy Conference of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF). CRRF has organized Canada’s only annual national rural policy conference for the past 28 years. CRRF brings together researchers, policy analysts and… Read More