Type : Initiative

Rural communities interested in attracting Teaching Staff
Breaking Down the Barriers: Rural Field Experiences Initiative
Initiative Alberta http://www.ardn.ca/projects/Breaking%20Down%20the%20Barriers%20-%20Rural%20Field%20Experiences%20Initiative%20-%20Holly%20Huber.pdf
The initiative has been organized by the Department of Field Experiences of the University of Alberta and Alberta Workforce Planning and Development. The initiative aims to promote rural field experiences to the student population and to support the attraction and retention of teachers to rural areas in Alberta.

Rural communities interested in attracting Artists
Rural Artistic Initiative
Initiative Alberta http://www.radf.ca/projects/rural_artistic_initiative/
The initiative supports the Empress Theatre Society to expand the Windy Mountain Music Festival. The Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod is Alberta's oldest theatre. The initiative provides support in training to rural-based classical musicians, tours to other rural Alberta communities and off-season residencies with artistic partners across Alberta. It also allows the society to develop a system for restoring and screening historical films and a world music series, while modernizing its booking, promotional and ticket sales systems. The expected outcomes and benefits of this initiative will be expansion of the arts communities in Southern Alberta. Rural communities who wish to work on arts and heritage in Alberta can take advantage of training and support of this project.

Rural communities interested in attracting Immigrants
Welcoming Communities Initiative
Initiative Canada http://welcomingcommunities.ca/
Welcoming Communities initiative, a collaborative multi-disciplinary alliance of university and community partners, was designed to develop, test and implement strategies to attract immigrants and minorities in small- and medium-sized cities across Ontario. It maintains a strong policy focus aimed at helping federal, provincial and municipal government departments develop and improve their policy and program interventions, especially in the area of welcoming and inclusive communities. The Welcoming Communities initiative can be used as a best practice by municipalities to attract and retain newcomers.

Rural communities interested in attracting Immigrants
Canadian Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination (CMARD)
Initiative Canada http://www.ohrc.on.ca/sites/default/files/attachments/CMARD_Booklet%3A_Call_for_coalition_of_municipalities_against_racism_and_racial_discrimination.pdf
The initiative calls on municipalities from across Canada to be part of a larger international coalition of cities to combat racism. All level of governments, as well local and national organizations and individuals, share responsibility and have an important role to play in combating racism and discrimination and fostering equality and respect for all citizens. Ten Alberta municipalities have joined or resolved to join the CMARD. Alberta worked with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO to develop and launch CMARD in the province. The initiative can help municipal governments to support or establish a mechanism for consultation with a network of groups and individuals involved in the struggle against racism and discrimination.

Rural communities interested in attracting Retirees
Age-Friendly Rural/Remote Communities Initiative (AFRRCI)
Initiative Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/seniors-aines/publications/public/afc-caa/rural-rurales/intro-eng.php
The main objective of this initiative was to increase awareness of what seniors need to maintain active, healthy and productive lives within their communities by identifying indicators of age- friendly rural or remote communities. Ten communities from eight jurisdictions participated in this initiative. In an age-friendly community, policies, services, settings and structures support and enable people to age actively by recognizing the wide range of capacities and resources among older people and by respecting the decisions and lifestyle choices of older adults. The initiative can be used as a best practice by rural communities to become an age-friendly community.

Rural communities interested in attracting Health Professionals
The Northern and Rural Recruitment and Retention (NRRR), Ontario
Initiative Canada http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/uap/nrrr.aspx
The initiative aims to attract physicians to establish a new full-time practice in eligible communities. It offers taxable financial incentives to each eligible physician who establishes a full-time practice in an eligible community of the province. The grants range between $80,000 and $117,600 paid over a four-year period.

Rural communities interested in attracting Lawyers
Rural Education and Access to Lawyers (REAL), British Columbia
Initiative Canada http://www.cba.org/bc/initiatives/main/real.aspx
The initiative is a coordinated set of programs aimed at tackling the current and projected shortage of lawyers serving rural areas and small communities in British Columbia. The initiative is designed to encourage law students to gain legal experience and education in rural areas and small communities throughout the province in the expectation that this exposure will lead to the attraction of new lawyers to rural communities. The benefits of the REAL initiative to lawyers include funding for summer student placements in rural and small communities and professional support from the CBABC Regional Legal Careers Officer to assist with the recruitment, hiring and retention of students and young lawyers in rural areas and small communities.

Rural communities interested in attracting Artists
The Arts + Community Change Initiative
Initiative Other http://artsandcommunitychange.org/about/
The initiative works to shape public policy, support innovative practice, build collaborative capacity and support learning and networking. It also connects arts, culture, equitable development, and social justice in all of their complexity to strengthen low-income neighbourhoods and work towards systemic change.

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