The Rural Economic Development Strategy was designed to address the priorities of rural Canada. This grassroots Strategy was built on ideas submitted by rural Canadians from across the country.
Minister Jordan and Parliamentary Secretary Marc Serré toured the country and met with hundreds of rural Canadians to hear first-hand about their local needs. They spoke with people living and working in rural communities – like forestry workers, entrepreneurs, and farmers – as well as community leaders, associations, businesses, academics, municipalities, Indigenous groups, and provincial and territorial Ministers.
Canadians were also invited to submit their ideas directly to the new Centre for Rural Economic Development at Infrastructure Canada.