Category Archives: Rural Policy

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Ontario Farmers’ Markets Trends include the Growth of Immigrant Farming

This time of year is a great time to focus on one of my favourite topics, farmers’ markets. As we reach peak summer harvest, markets across the province are booming! As noted on the official website of the Ontario farmers’ markets, these markets are loved by shoppers, communities and farmers alike. Increasingly discerning shoppers appreciate… Read More


How much goes to the Farmer? Research Findings

Someone recently sent me an article that got me to reflect on how much of my spending on fresh produce actually goes to support the farmers who grew what I am consuming.  I have to admit that I had never thought much about it.  So what is the answer?.… Well, it depends.  Defining and Researching… Read More