Ottawa, Ontario – Canadians living in rural and northern communities have unique needs. Access to better and more modern infrastructure, affordable housing, and faster, more reliable Internet Service can make a big difference in the quality of life for rural Canadians.
The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Canada's newly-appointed Minister of Rural Economic Development, is travelling across the country and meeting with Canadians living in rural communities, including families, workers, community and business leaders. At each stop, she is asking for their stories and ideas as the Government of Canada develops an economic strategy that addresses the priorities and needs of rural Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
Since the beginning of her cross-country tour, Minister Jordan has travelled to many rural and remote communities, and the following are some of the key issues that have emerged from her discussions:
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- The need for high-speed Internet services and wireless connectivity;
- Attracting, training, and retaining talent; and
- Population aging and outmigration;