Thank you for participating and sharing your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions around the priorities of rural communities on May 8, 2019. The event was a success because of your active involvement and thoughtful contributions.
On June 27, 2019, I was proud to announce the Canadian Rural Economic Development Strategy. It is my great pleasure to share this strategy with you now. You can access it online at https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/rural/strat-eng.html. If you would like a hard copy of the strategy, please do not hesitate to contact us with your mailing address by emailing [email protected].
At the same time, I was also pleased to unveil Canada's Connectivity Strategy. This strategy is our plan to ensure that, over time, all Canadians have access to affordable, high-speed internet, no matter where they live. It also commits to improve cellular access where Canadians live and work, and along major highways and roads. Canada’s Connectivity Strategy can be found online at Canada.ca/get-connected.
Together, these strategies advance the priorities you and many other rural Canadians outlined by putting people, places, and partnerships at the centre of rural economic development. The Rural Economic Development Strategy responds to the diverse challenges that rural communities identified, while enabling sustainable economic growth.
I truly believe that the best way to learn about what’s important to rural Canada is to hear directly from the families, entrepreneurs, and the leaders in our country’s vibrant rural communities. Thank you for sharing your insights as we develop a foundation for a prosperous, competitive and thriving rural Canada.
The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Rural Economic Development