The comprehensive report titled Rural Challenges, national opportunity – Shaping the future of rural Canada includes recommendations encouraging the federal government to tackle these challenges head-on and raise Canadians’ quality of life nationwide.
“When it comes to providing the infrastructure necessary to support a strong economy and high quality of life, rural governments are faced with two key problems—the challenge of serving dispersed communities and the limits of their fiscal and administrative capacity,” said FCM’s rural forum chair, Ray Orb.
The report provides recommendations to address the realities rural municipalities face. Key recommendations of this report include:
- Applying a ‘rural lens’ to all federal policies and programs aimed at empowering smaller communities to better support local needs
- Designing future rural infrastructure programs that provide long-term predictable funding with flexibility to account for rural realities
- Committing long-term predictable resources to expanding broadband internet access in rural, northern and remote communities
FCM is leading the way in advocating for new tools that empower rural communities to build tomorrow’s Canada and has secured unprecedented federal investment in recent years. The full report is available here.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is the national voice of municipal governments, with nearly 2,000 members representing more than 90 per cent of the Canadian population.