Attracting and retaining people to rural Alberta

Attracting population to small rural communities can be a challenge as most people prefer to settle in larger cities where the draw of family, friends, ethnic networks and jobs is strong. However, rural communities can attract and retain population by promoting the benefits of living and working in smaller communities (e.g., employment opportunities, lower living expenses, safe neighborhoods and access to community health and recreation services).

This website was developed as a resource guide to assist rural communities in Alberta wishing to attract and retain population to address their long-term economic needs. It includes information and links to web based resources, initiatives and programs. It also some resources that have been developed by other countries.

More information is available on the Rural Development website.


Humaira Irshad
Rural Development Division
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

Room106, J.G.O'Donoghue Building
7000-113th Street
Edmonton, AB T6H 5T6
Phone: 780-644-1968