Attracting and retaining people to rural Alberta

  Location : Canada

Rural communities interested in attracting Immigrants
Attracting & Retaining Immigrants: A Toolbox of Ideas for Small Centres
Toolkit Canada http://www.culture.alberta.ca/about/premiers-council/pdf/SpiritofAlberta...
The toolbox is a practical tool for smaller centres to use as a strategy to address the issues surrounding the attraction and retention of immigrants. It supports communities in engagement and integration activities related to welcoming and retaining newcomers. The toolkit can be used to plan ideas and activities to attract and retain new immigrants.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Immigrants
Newcomer Integration Toolkit
Toolkit Canada http://ppcii.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/NIT-brochure-2013.pdf
The toolkit aims to support social service agencies by providing resources that will enable the community to better meet the unique needs of newcomers. The toolkit includes resources, practical supports and best practices for social service agencies and community groups on developing immigrant-friendly policies for workplaces, advocating for the benefits of immigrant attraction and retention and creating spaces and services that are accessible and welcoming to newcomers.
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The Choice Matrix -Addressing community concerns
Toolkit Canada http://www.choicematrix.ca/en/tools/addressing-community-concerns
This toolkit offers strategies and best practices that can help rural communities to attract and retain newcomers. It approaches attraction and retention of newcomers from a community economic development perspective but does not consider other aspects of attracting and retaining newcomers like social inclusion or employer awareness, which are important elements in successful human capital strategies. A number of resources are available throughout this toolkit that can help rural communities attract and retain newcomers.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Immigrants
Community Immigrant Retention in Rural Ontario (CIRRO) Toolkit
Toolkit Canada http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/rural/edr/index.html
The toolkit offers strategies and best practices that can help rural communities to attract and retain newcomers. It approaches newcomer attraction and retention from a community economic development perspective. This toolkit is designed for economic development officers, municipal officers, community planners, community developers and anyone involved in community economic development.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Immigrants
The Community Attractiveness Indicators for Newcomers (CAIN) Tool
Toolkit Canada http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/rural/edr/cirro/cirro-prog-resources...
CAIN is an analytical tool that provides information to help communities assess their ability to attract and retain sufficient human capital for economic development. It provides indicators based on national and provincial statistics at the census sub-division level. It enables stakeholders to identify areas for improvement, or strengths to build upon, to attract and retain newcomers. The analytical tool can help communities and regions to build strategies to fulfill the human capital requirements necessary to drive local innovation, community vitality and economic growth.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Immigrants
Community Attractiveness Indicators for Newcomers Tool: supporting data-driven rural and regional investment in human capital
Paper Canada http://www.ontarioimmigration.ca/en/living/OI_HOW_LIVE_CITIES.html
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Rural communities interested in attracting Immigrants
Immigrant-Friendly Businesses: Effective Practices for Attracting, Integrating, and Retaining Immigrants in Canadian Workplaces
Report Canada http://www.conferenceboard.ca/e-Library/abstract.aspx?did=3278
This report looks at how businesses across Canada can attract, integrate and retain immigrants and international talent. It highlights the value of implementing immigrant friendly programs and practices to address the needs of immigrants and articulates a number of 'keys to success' to attract international top talent. The report also provides insights on ways that Canadian businesses can design and implement practices that are immigrant-friendly.
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Local Immigration Partnerships Handbook
Handbook Canada http://tamarackcommunity.ca/downloads/index/Local-Immigration-Partnershi...
The handbook is intended to assist communities and Citizenship and Immigration Canada Settlement Staff in establishing Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) as a means of planning and coordination at the local level with municipal, provincial/territorial and federal involvement. The handbook can be helpful for communities to establish or enhance partnerships and participation of multiple stakeholders in planning, and coordinating the delivery of integration services.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Immigrants
Building capacity for welcoming communities: Resources for Immigrant-serving organizations to understand and fight Racism in Canada
Resource Guide Canada http://integration-net.ca/english/ini/wci-idca/wca/WCA_English.pdf
The document is an inventory of resources on racism and anti-racism in Canada. The inventory is useful for service providers to help newcomers immigrants settle, adapt and integrate into Canadian society. There are resources for other organizations and individuals who are involved in broader anti-racism work and welcoming newcomers to their communities.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Immigrants
Immigrant-Friendly Communities: Making Immigration Work for Employers and Other Stakeholders
Report Canada http://www.conferenceboard.ca/e-Library/abstract.aspx?did=3229
This report looks at the value immigrants can bring to small communities; the role that federal, provincial and municipal policies play in attracting immigrants to small communities; and by way of case study, how some communities in Canada have succeeded in attracting and retaining immigrants through a collaborative approach involving employers and many different community stakeholders. Rural communities can get information and ideas from this report to make their communities immigrant-friendly.
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City Magnets II: Benchmarking the Attractiveness of 50 Canadian Cities
Report Canada http://www.conferenceboard.ca/e-Library/abstract.aspx?did=3380
The document analyzes and benchmarks the features that make Canadian cities attractive to skilled workers and mobile populations. Cities without the ability to act as magnets and attract new people will struggle to stay prosperous in the decades ahead. Rural communities can use the same information and material to make their areas more attractive for newcomers.
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Our Diverse Cities
Report Canada http://canada.metropolis.net/pdfs/ODC_Summer07_3_en.pdf
The document is a publication of Metropolis, an international network for comparative research and public policy development on migration, diversity and immigrant integration in cities in Canada and around the world. The document looks at migration, diversity and immigration in rural Canada. It provides information on population changes and identifies the bases for immigrants' choices. It also explores the nature of immigrant's experiences upon their arrival to rural communities. The report can be helpful for rural communities in understanding the dynamics driving the population changes.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Immigrants
Manitoba Rural Community Immigration Case Studies (Winkler)
Case Study Canada https://www.brandonu.ca/rdi/files/2011/08/Winkler-Final.pdf
Manitoba Rural Community Immigration Case Studies were undertaken to explore innovative practices, lessons learned and further considerations for communities wishing to develop strategies for immigrant attraction, settlement and retention. Each study offers a snapshot in time, a collection of impressions and commentary on immigration goals, challenges and responses at a particular point on the continuum of attraction, settlement, and retention.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Immigrants
Manitoba Rural Community Immigration Case Studies (Steinbach)
Case Study Canada https://www.brandonu.ca/rdi/files/2011/08/Steinbach-Final.pdf
Manitoba Rural Community Immigration Case Studies were undertaken to explore innovative practices, lessons learned and further considerations for communities wishing to develop strategies for immigrant attraction, settlement and retention. Each study offers a snapshot in time, a collection of impressions and commentary on immigration goals, challenges and responses at a particular point on the continuum of attraction, settlement, and retention.
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Manitoba Rural Community Immigration Case Studies (Parkland Region)
Case Study Canada https://www.brandonu.ca/rdi/files/2011/08/ParklandRegion-Final.pdf
Manitoba Rural Community Immigration Case Studies were undertaken to explore innovative practices, lessons learned and further considerations for communities wishing to develop strategies for immigrant attraction, settlement and retention. Each study offers a snapshot in time, a collection of impressions and commentary on immigration goals, challenges and responses at a particular point on the continuum of attraction, settlement, and retention.
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Manitoba Rural Community Immigration Case Studies (Portagela Prairie)
Case Study Canada https://www.brandonu.ca/rdi/files/2011/08/PortagelaPrairie-Final.pdf
Manitoba Rural Community Immigration Case Studies were undertaken to explore innovative practices, lessons learned and further considerations for communities wishing to develop strategies for immigrant attraction, settlement and retention. Each study offers a snapshot in time, a collection of impressions and commentary on immigration goals, challenges and responses at a particular point on the continuum of attraction, settlement, and retention.
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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.
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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_C...
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.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Immigrants
Community Immigrant Retention in Rural Ontario (CIRRO) Program
Program Canada http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/rural/edr/cirro/index.html
CIRRO is designed to raise awareness, stimulate thinking, and provide practical suggestions on how to put newcomer attraction and retention ideas into action. The initiative supports rural communities to attract and retain skilled newcomers and business investors by building community capacity to utilize best practices and share knowledge with other communities. The communities can use this program as a model to look at all potential sources of newcomers, recognizing that immigration will continue to be the major source of population growth across the province.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Immigrants
Municipal Immigration Information Online (MIIO)
Program Canada http://www.ontarioimmigration.ca/en/guides/OI_MIIO.html
The MIIO program is a partnership between federal, provincial and municipal governments and is a way for communities to coordinate their attraction and integration efforts and also benefit from collaboration with other municipalities involved with the program. The program could be used as a model for Alberta municipalities looking to boost international recruitment efforts.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Immigrants
Local Immigration Partnerships (LIP)
Partnerships Canada http://p2pcanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Local-Immigration-Partner...
The concept has been designed to facilitate local efforts to help integrate newcomers to into their communities. LIPs aim to strengthen the role of local and regional communities in serving, integrating, and retaining immigrants through local immigration initiatives. LIPs seek to help communities put immigration on their overall planning agenda in order to benefit from the successful social and economic integration of new immigrants.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Immigrants
Carrefour d'Immigration Rurale Inc. (Crossroads of Rural Immigration - CIR)
Organization Canada http://www.immigrationrurale.ca
The organization facilitates the recruitment, welcoming and integration of immigrants in New Brunswick and works to build consensus on the necessity and advantages of attracting cultural diversity to the region. It involves multiple sectors within the community, both public and private. In addition, CIR hosts a radio program on a local station every two weeks which plays international music and organizes a Salon Multicultural du Nord-Ouest, an evening event that showcases entertainment and food from the regions represented by immigrants in the community. It also encourages intercultural exchange and community building.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Youth internships (YI)
Program Canada http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cap-pac.nsf/eng/home
Youth internships were coordinated by Industry Canada and were closed on March, 2012. The internships were intended to provide employment opportunities for young Canadians between the ages of 15 and 30, primarily students, recent graduates, the underemployed and the unemployed. Youth internships Canada created jobs and other social, educational and economic benefits associated with the expanded use of information and communications technology. Youth interns worked at community access sites across Canada.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Make Way for Youth- Nova Scotia
Project Canada http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/eng/Agency/mediaroom/NewsReleases/Pages/1887...
The Nova Scotia Government ran a brief pilot project that allowed young people from across Canada to visit the province and to be matched with opportunities in Halifax Regional Municipality and Colchester County of the province. The project assessed personal suitability and arranged exploratory visits to match youth with entrepreneurship, local industry, culture, heritage, and tourism and employment opportunities. The project also worked to counter out-migration by reaching out to current resident youth between the ages of 14 and 17 and educated them on their impact in the future of their communities. The project could be a best practice for rural communities who wish to attract and retain their youth.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Youth strategy (YS) Program in Quebec
Program Canada http://www.sadc-cae.ca/index.php/en/our-services/youth.html
The YS program aims to encourage the acquisition, implementation, expansion or modernization of a business by one or more young people, and to enhance young people's employability and develop their social, cultural and economic commitment to their community. The success of this business project attracts youth to the region and therefore, counters the migration of young people to large urban centers. It offers financing, advice and support to youth for their business projects.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Young Canada Works
Program Canada https://www.youngcanadaworks.ca/index-eng.cfm
Young Canada Works offers students and recent graduates the chance to use their skills, build their career's equity, earn money for their education or get started on the right career path. Young Canada Works also offers employers an opportunity to benefit from innovative ideas and competitive skills. Wage subsidies are available for eligible employers.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
The Young Entrepreneurs Program
Program Canada http://www.gov.mb.ca/healthyliving/youth/businesses/youngentrepreneurs.html
The program encourages Manitoba's young people to start their own full-time businesses and pursue self-employment as a career choice. Applications are accepted on a year-round basis from youth aged 18 to 29 years.  Under the Young Entrepreneurs program, approved applicants are eligible for a grant of up to $4,000 to help defray business start-up cost and capital expenditures.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Youth Ventures Program
Program Canada http://www.youthventuresnl.com/
The program offers business planning, marketing and advertising support to participants throughout the summer. Help in applying for a small business loan is also available.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Career Edge- A National Youth Internship Program
Program Canada https://www.careeredge.ca/en/home
Career Edge internships are open to graduates of university, college, or high school wishing to spend six, nine or twelve months gaining career experience with an established company in Canada. Rural communities can get more information through their website.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Place aux jeunes du Quebec
Program Canada https://www.placeauxjeunes.qc.ca/
The program was started to stop the exodus of young graduates to big cities. The program helps them discover the various facets of their region, allows them to meet participants in the local economy and invites them to imagine themselves and their future in that region. Rural communities can use the program as best practice to stop youth out-migration from rural areas.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF)
Organization Canada http://www.cybf.ca/
The CYBF is a national organization and delivers its program through a collaborative network of Community Partners (CPs). The Community Partners network champions youth entrepreneurship in their communities and directly work with young people to guide them through the entire CYBF process to obtain funding and a mentor. The CPs and their volunteer Local Review Committee members are essential to the entrepreneur's success and in preventing out- migration of youth from their respective communities. Rural communities can get help from CYBF for their youth businesses from pre-launch planning to start-up and to implementation by pre-launch and post-launch coaching, financing and mentoring.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
4-H Canada
Organization Canada http://www.4-h-canada.ca/
4-H is one of Canada's longest-running youth organizations for young people between the ages of 8 and 21. It is dedicated to the growth and development of rural youth. It gives youth opportunities to learn new things such as citizenship, cooperation, leadership, responsibility and independence through a dedicated group of volunteer leaders. 4-H youth learn the skills needed to contribute to making this a better world. Many of them go on to become leaders in their communities. Locally, 4-H gives back to the community and creates community leaders. Provincially, there are opportunities for conferences, camps and scholarships. Nationally, 4-H members have the opportunity to see different parts of Canada and the world, apply for scholarships and participate in some of the country's longest-running youth conferences.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE)
Organization Canada http://www.cfee.org/
The CFEE as a non?profit educational organization works to increase awareness and understanding of economic matters among teachers and students in high schools and community colleges. It hosts conferences and seminars and produces a wide range of print, video and computer software resources specifically designed for use by young Canadians in the school system. It also works to promote and assist the enhanced economic capabilities of young Canadians and to increase the extent to which they can assume their economic roles, and make economic decisions with competence and confidence.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Camp Je: Entrepreneurship Vacation in Québec
Organization Canada http://www.sadc-cae.ca/index.php/en/our-services/youth.html
Camp Je was founded by the Réseau des SADC du Québec, a network of non-profit organizations that brings out the best in Québec's regions and ensures each region's development. Camp Je offers teens, aged 13 to 17 an opportunity to learn business basics in a fun, vacation-like atmosphere. The participants work with a team to create a small business, ask for a loan and produce market and sell a product. Camp Je has become an event that municipalities all over Québec compete for hosting.
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Junior Achievement
Organization Canada http://www.jacan.org
Junior Achievement is a youth education organization and Canada?wide business program that promotes entrepreneurship and business. It produces graduates who are more likely to become entrepreneurs, create jobs and power our economy. Last year, more than 216,000 students, in 400+ communities, benefited from JA programs that were delivered by over 13,000 dedicated business mentors who presented in excess of 1.4 million hours of instructional time.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
MB4Youth
Organization Canada http://www.gov.mb.ca/cyo/youth/index.html
MB4Youth works closely with youth, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, community groups, educational institutions, provincial departments, and other levels of government. The main goal is to work with prospective employers to facilitate the hiring of students and youth up to age 29 by providing internships, grants, job referrals, mentorship and bursary opportunities, and wage incentives. It is also a source of information for all youth programs and services offered by the Government of Manitoba. MB4Youth makes it easier for youth to access over 200 provincial programs and services through the OpportunitiesMB web portal.
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Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE)
Organization Canada http://www.acecanada.ca
ACE is a national organization dedicated to support student business owners and promoting entrepreneurship as a viable career option. It delivers programming that provides university and college students access to real world experience that complements in-class studies.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Enactus
Organization Canada http://www.enactus.ca/
Enactus is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Participating students form teams on their university campuses and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Its annual national competitions provide a forum for Enactus teams to present the results of their projects. Through rounds of live presentation - based competition, students showcase how their community outreach projects are shaping the economic, social and environmental landscape of Canada. The national champion moves on to represent Canada at the prestigious Enactus World Cup.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Youth Employment Information
Website Canada http://www.youth.gc.ca/eng/home.shtml
The website provides information on employment and learning opportunities including the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) which the Government of Canada created to help young Canadians, aged 15to 30 obtain education, career and employment information. The general inquiry line can assist with employment and career resources, student loans, bursaries, Aboriginal specific services and services for people with disabilities.
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IPS Ontario - Inventory of Programs and Services
Website Canada http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/
This bilingual site provides improved access to a comprehensive searchable database of local, provincial and federal employment programs and services. It provides tools to assist job seekers, employment service providers, community agencies and the public. The IPS is a free online database of programs and services that lead to employment. The IPS database is a comprehensive inventory with a primary focus on local programs and services. Rural communities can get information on programs and services that are available throughout the country or province.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Youth Link
Website Canada http://www.youthlink.ca/
Youth Link includes more than 250 programs, services and resources for young people between 15 and 30. It is also a valuable resource for career counsellors, parents, educators, employers and community groups.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Youth Retention and Attraction Strategy (YRAS) - Newfoundland and Labrador
Report Canada http://youth.gov.nl.ca/strategy/pdf/Youth-Retention-and-Attraction-Strat...
The strategy was based on extensive engagement with youth 18 to 30 and concluded with the creation of an Office of Youth Engagement, which is responsible for the coordination of youth related programs and policy development. A set of action items emerged from the YRAS and is currently being implemented at the provincial level. The initiatives are also designed to address key transition periods for youth that strongly influence their decisions about their careers and training, where they will live, work and raise their families, and the roles they will assume in their communities.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
A Youth Council Toolkit
Toolkit Canada http://www.ruralontarioinstitute.ca/file.aspx?id=061706a3-2f32-4d2b-a38a...
The Youth Council Toolkit is a general guide that provides tips and best practices in creating a Youth Council in the community or within an organization. Rural communities can use this toolkit for suggestions, tips and best practices to increase youth participation.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Rural Business Planner
Software Canada http://www.fmc-gac.com/resources/beginning-farmers
The Rural Business Planner is packed with tips, resource information and step?by?step checklists to help farm and rural business owners plan their businesses more easily. Rural municipalities can contact Canadian Farm Business Management Council for more information on this software.
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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/rur...
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.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Retirees
Age - friendly Rural and Remote Communities - A guide
Guide Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/seniors-aines/alt-formats/pdf/publications/pu...
The guide provides a summary of the considered thoughts, ideas and suggestions about what constitutes an age-friendly community. It is intended to foster dialogue and action that supports and enables older people to 'age actively' and to participate fully in society. It is also intended to provide communities across Canada with food for thought as they work to ensure that their policies, services and structures take into consideration the needs and desires of seniors. The guide can help municipal governments to develop and implement actions to support their senior population and attract retirees.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Retirees
Elliot Lake, Ontario
Community Canada http://www.retireelliotlake.com/
Elliot Lake is a retirement community of Ontario (population of 11,348). In 1990, the population of Elliot Lake was 16,000 and 4,500 residents were working for the mines. The residents started leaving the community due to the closure of its hydro uranium mining industry in 1990. The community decided to transform itself into a retirement destination. A non-profit organization, Elliot Lake Retirement Living Inc., was created to market the community to seniors. A number of vacant dwellings in the city were rented to seniors who were willing to migrate to Elliot Lake. Various facilities, especially the Renaissance Seniors' Centre, were developed to cater to the needs of seniors. A decade later, Elliot Lake has attracted approximately 4,000 retirees and has stabilized its population and economy.
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Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba
Community Canada http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/lakeside-condos-a-major-boom-in-l...
Lac du Bonnet is a retirement and tourism community of southern Manitoba. Due to its proximity to Winnipeg and Lee Rivers, lands adjacent to these waterways have become a haven to full-time and seasonal residents. The census claims the town's population grew 32 per cent in five years, an increase of about 300 people, to 1,328. Retirees move from larger urban centres to make Lac du Bonnet their home. The Rural Municipality of Lac du Bonnet presently ranks 16th out of 200 Manitoba municipalities in terms of overall assessed value.
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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.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Health Professionals
Postgraduate Return of Service (ROS) Program, Ontario
Program Canada http://meds.queensu.ca/education/postgraduate/policies/return_of_service
The program enables all communities in Ontario (except the Toronto area and Ottawa) to recruit Canadian graduates and international medical graduates who have to fulfill return of service (ROS) commitments. Under ROS commitments, physicians agree to work for a designated period of time in a particular location in exchange for a postgraduate training opportunity in Ontario. The medical graduates commit to five years of service in a community. After graduating, the new graduates will be able to choose among eligible communities, and the terms of the working arrangements are then negotiated between the community and the physician.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Health Professionals
Underserviced Area Program Ontario
Program Canada http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/providers/program/uap/uap_mn.html
The Underserviced Area Program provides help to rural, remote and northern communities in recruiting and retaining health professionals. The program is intended to enhance access to health care services in small rural and northern areas of the province, that have difficulty attracting and retaining health care professionals.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Health Professionals
Tuition Support Program for Nurses (TSPN), Ontario
Program Canada http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/providers/program/uap/about/recruit....
The program offers tuition reimbursement to recent nursing graduates from rural and remote communities. The program is open to nurse practitioner, registered nurse and registered practical nurse graduates who have recently graduated from a Canadian university or college. The program is part of the government's commitment to provide more families with access to primary health care, and to support the recruitment and retention of nurses to rural and remote areas across the province.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Health Professionals
The Manitoba Locums Tenens Program (MLTP)
Program Canada http://www.srpc.ca/resources_regional_central.html
The program is a joint initiative of the Manitoba Government (through the ORNH) and the University of Manitoba's Northern Medical Unit. The program provides rural health-care facilities with a suitably approved physician for requested periods of time.  Locum Tenens coverage is provided in rural communities of four physicians or less. The Northern Medical Unit assists small towns with salaried doctors at $150,000 with no overhead. 
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Rural communities interested in attracting Health Professionals
Nurses Recruitment and Retention Fund, Manitoba
Program Canada http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/nurses/
The Nurses Recruitment and Retention Fund was established in 1999 to assist with the recruitment and retention of registered nurses in Manitoba. This program is designed to search for appropriate measures to entice and retain nurses in the province and to enhance the image of nursing as a career. 
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Rural communities interested in attracting Health Professionals
Manitoba Rural Physician Action Plan
Action Plan Canada http://www.manitoba.ca/health/documents/actionplan.pdf
The Manitoba Rural Physician Action Plan aims to increase the number of graduating physicians and other health professionals who choose to practice and live in rural and northern Manitoba. The creation of Manitoba’s Office of Rural and Northern Health (ORNH) was a part of this plan. ORNH focuses on the creation of programming and initiatives that increase the profile of rural health care opportunities among rural and northern Manitoba secondary school students and students training in health care programs in Manitoba.  In addition, the ORNH is responsible for a variety of programs that deal with issues of long-term recruitment and retention of existing rural and northern Manitoba health-care practitioners.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Health Professionals
Physician Recruitment Strategy, Saskatchewan
Strategy Document Canada http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/adx/aspx/adxGetMedia.aspx?DocID=1633ff92-37f...
The Ministry of Health supports a range of physician recruitment and retention programs for rural areas. Some of the initiatives include Locum program, the Travel Assistance Program, Rural Physician Enhancement Training Program, Undergraduate Medical Student Bursary Program, Medical Resident Bursary Program, Rural Extended leave program and Emergency On-Call Coverage Program.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Health Professionals
Interprofessional Rural Program, British Columbia
Website Canada http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13561820500498154?journalCo...
This website is a resource for communities and students who are interested in rural inter-professional learning and collaborative practice in British Columbia.  The website shares examples of how BC rural communities and inter-professional champions in those communities are integrating the concepts of inter-professional learning and collaboration into rural practice. The website also provides links to resources for rural communities and practitioners.
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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.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Artists
Canada Arts Presentation Fund
Fund Canada http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1267553110077/1268404392232
The objective of the fund is to give Canadians access to a variety of professional artistic experiences in their communities. It recognizes that arts presenters are key partners in achieving this objective by providing financial assistance to organizations that professionally present arts festivals or performing arts series. Rural and remote communities can access this fund to organize arts festivals and support their arts presenters.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Artists
Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
Fund Canada http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1267728945673
The fund supports the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, and the acquisition of specialized equipment and conducting feasibility studies. It aims to improve Canada's cultural infrastructure, with a focus on repairing and upgrading arts and heritage facilities across the country, including those in under-served areas. The fund can help rural communities in performing arts, visual arts, media arts, museum collections and heritage displays.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Artists
Canada Cultural Investment Fund (formerly Canadian Arts and Heritage Sustainability Program)
Fund Canada http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1268609659093
The objective of the fund is to support management and greater financial stability in arts and heritage organizations. This is achieved through support for initiatives intended to diversify revenue streams, strengthen management capacities and ensure that arts and heritage organizations are supported in their communities for the contribution they make. The program has four components that work together in achieving these objectives: Endowment Incentives, Cultural Capitals of Canada, Strategic Initiatives and Limited Support to Endangered Arts Organizations. The fund can strengthen the management capacities of rural cultural organizations.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Artists
National Benefits Hub: The Arts
Data bank Canada http://benefitshub.ca/search/search&keywords=arts/
The databank provides updated information on the field of recreation, arts, culture, heritage, environment/parks and sports. In addition to being an invaluable resource for recreation practitioners, the website also provides an opportunity to communicate about issues, provide feedback and promote a greater awareness among a variety of stakeholders of the value of recreation and parks and the personal, social, economic and environmental benefits they deliver. This database can help rural communities access updated and useful information on arts and cultural activities.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Artists
The Creative City Network of Canada
Network Canada http://www.creativecity.ca/
The Creative City Network of Canada is an organization of municipal staff working in communities across Canada on arts, cultural and heritage policy, planning, development and support. It connects and educates the people who are involved in this work to be more effective in cultural development of their communities. By sharing experience, expertise, information and best practices, members support each other through dialogue, both in person and online. Rural communities can get useful information on research, public education and professional development resources in the field of local cultural policy, planning and practice.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Artists
The Arts, Health and Seniors, British Columbia
Project Canada http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/arts-and-health-project.aspx
The project explores how involvement in the arts can improve the health and well-being of seniors. The project facilitates seniors' creative contributions to their communities, while improving their health and strengthening their sense of well-being. The program also builds expertise among workers and artists working with seniors. Artists from a variety of disciplines are currently working with seniors in the development of work in the visual arts, the written word, multidisciplinary performance and digital storytelling.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Artists
Cultural Planning Toolkit
Toolkit Canada http://www.creativecity.ca/database/files/library/cultural_planning_tool...
The toolkit is a guide for the process of cultural planning in a community. It includes an adaptable model and practical checklists for navigating and charting progress. The toolkit has been developed to encourage community leaders, planners and local government staff to explore the potential of cultural planning.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Artists
Cultural Mapping Toolkit
Toolkit Canada http://www.creativecity.ca/database/files/library/cultural_mapping_toolk...
The toolkit has been designed to provide material on the mapping process, from creating an inventory to drawing up and presenting the map. The process has been broken down into stages and steps. Each step is accompanied by examples, checklists or worksheets to help individuals and communities get organized.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Artists
Public Art Toolkit
Toolkit Canada http://www.creativecity.ca/database/files/library/Public_Art_Toolkit(2).pdf
The toolkit contains resources for the management of public art projects. It is intended as a guide to plan a public art program or evaluate an existing one. The toolkit includes: public art overview; different points of views; details on all phases of completing a public art project/program; links to examples and resources from around the world; detailed case studies and project examples of varying scales; illustrative photos from public art projects; and a compilation of links to key web-based resources. Through this toolkit, communities can gain enhanced knowledge on planning and maintaining public art projects and programs, and can develop better capacity to deliver such projects and programs.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Artists
The Value of Presenting: A Study of Arts Presentation in Canada
Website Canada http://www.diffusionartspresenting.ca/
The website is a space for people who present live performing arts in Canada in any venue or outdoor space and everyone they work with. Communities can use this site to preview findings, examine emerging ideas and participate in dialogues to raise awareness of the role of the live arts presenter in the creative chain, in communities and in society.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Artists
Building Public Engagement with the Arts in New Brunswick
Project Canada http://www.canadacouncil.ca/NR/rdonlyres/8E772277-7270-4EE3-915E-CCEF958...
This study is part of a two-year pilot project entitled 'Building Public Engagement in the Arts'. The overall objective of this study is to provide information about the level of engagement in the arts and behaviour and attitudinal changes of the general public towards the arts, in New Brunswick.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Artists
The Arts and Heritage in Canada: Access and Availability
Project Canada http://epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/200/301/pwgsc-tpsgc/por-ef/canadian_heritag...
The Department of Canadian Heritage commissioned a research project related to the arts and heritage in Canada. The main objective was to gather information on Canadians' attitudes towards an array of issues relating to behaviours and values associated with arts and heritage.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Artists
Ontario Arts Engagement Study 2011
Report Canada http://www.arts.on.ca/Page4405.aspx
The study looks at the full spectrum of arts activities from traditional audience-based activities (such as attending performing arts events or visiting an art gallery) to personal practice activities (such as playing a musical instrument, painting or taking dance lessons) and includes arts participation via electronic, print and digital media (such as radio, television or the Internet). It also explores the importance of these activities to Ontarians, the settings in which arts activities take place, the relationships between personal practice and attendance, and the patterns of engagement across regions and demographic groups related to age and gender.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Artists
Developing and revitalizing rural communities through arts and culture 2009
Project Canada http://www.creativecity.ca/database/files/library/rural_communities_arts...
This comprehensive review of research on cultural and creative business development in rural communities includes information from Canada, Australia, the United States and Europe. A summary overview highlights the common themes emerging around cultural development in rural areas across the four project areas, and recurring critical ingredients to foster vibrant arts activity in rural and small communities. It is intended to assist rural communities to take advantage of their creative capacity.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Artists
Pinawa, Manitoba
Community Canada http://www.pinawa.com/
Pinawa, Manitoba is a community of 1,500 people and is located on the border of Whiteshell National Park and River Pinawa is an attractive and diverse community, home to scientists, entrepreneurs and their families. The Pinawa website clearly advertises the needs of the creative class. Newcomers to Pinawa work effectively with internet access, technology and business resources all conveniently located in a recreation paradise. Pinawa's success in retaining and/or attracting young educated people is evident in the fact that in 2001 the percentage of the population aged 20-34 with a university certificate, diploma or degree was 27.3 per cent as compared to the provincial average of 18.7 per cent.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Professionals
Next Generation Project-Nova Scotia
Project Canada http://www.amans.ca/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=22...
The project is a strategy to attract the next generation of municipal government managers in municipalities across Nova Scotia. The project developed a report for Nova Scotia Association of Municipal Administrators entitled 'Reality Check: Do You Know Where Your People Are? Attracting the Next Generation of Municipal Government Managers.'
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Rural communities interested in attracting Professionals
Small Community Economic Development Capacity Building Program-British Columbia
Project Canada http://www.cprn.org/documents/49496_EN.pdf
This program provides an enhanced capacity for small communities to hire post-secondary co-op students or contract staff to write grant proposals to the Northern Trust, other foundations, endowments and other funding programs. The project can be a best practice for rural communities who have a challenge in recruiting and retaining administrative staff that can focus on economic development and grant/loan proposal writing.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Professionals
Community Government Human Resource Development System-Northwest Territories
Project Canada http://www.maca.gov.nt.ca/?page_id=552
The School of Community Government has developed the Community Government Human Resource Development System to assist community governments in building their human resource capacity needs. The system focuses on the planning, hiring, training and development of quality local staff. Through the implementation of this system, communities have a better chance of finding, hiring and training local residents. The project is a good example of planning, hiring and training of local staff.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Professionals
Community Government Human Resource Development System
Toolkit Canada http://www.maca.gov.nt.ca/school/tools/CGHRDS%20Manual%20.pdf
The Northwest Territories developed the toolkit for human resources management in local communities. The toolkit encourages local governments to proactively support their employees through effective human resource management practices. It promotes activities that support employees and helps municipalities identify and correct issues that impact successful attraction and retention of employees. The toolkit includes a sample of a human resources plan that outlines strategies, priorities and implementation costs for retaining and attracting senior staff. The toolkit can be used to get more information on attraction and retention of skilled workforce.
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Rural communities interested in attracting Professionals
Local Government Resource Handbook-Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
Handbook Canada http://www.novascotia.ca/dma/publications/government-resource-handbook.asp
The Local Government Resource Handbook provides guidance and assistance to municipalities on topics relating to municipal finance, administration, planning and development, human resources and strategic management. In addition, this handbook includes a review of the Municipal Relations Division, describing the services provided and contact numbers as well as a list of the programs for municipalities from both the provincial and federal levels of government. The handbook can be used as a guide for planning, administration and strategic management of municipal government.
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