The future of rural communities depends on strategic investments
Rural communities deserve the same services and infrastructure that urban communities already enjoy. Many areas in rural communities suffer from a lack of infrastructure in various areas, whether it be internet access, transportation infrastructure or access to labour, these inefficiencies hurt rural communities’ ability to conduct business efficiently. Investing in rural infrastructure is an investment in the future of a growing sector and paves the way for future opportunities.
Working Toward Solutions:
CFA has been working towards positioning the agricultural sector as a sector that can benefit Canada greatly through strategic investment from the federal government. By changing the views of agriculture from a sector that “takes care of itself” to something that can grow exponentially in terms of productivity, efficiency and innovation, we work to make sure the government takes note of Canadian agriculture’s potential to be one of the world’s greatest food suppliers. CFA recommended investing in rural infrastructure during the 2017 Pre-budget consultations through its Rural Policy Committee, and it was also one of the main topics during our 2016 October lobby days, where farm leaders from across Canada had over 20 productive meetings with MP’s to discuss agricultural issues from across the country.
- Develop a digital infrastructure strategy for rural Canada, in partnership with rural and agricultural stakeholders, laying out clear targets and a vision ensuring affordable access to services for rural Canadians.
- Identify broadband internet as an essential service and implement more ambitious targets for basic broadband servicing alongside a stable funding mechanism for rural broadband deployment.
- Address Canadian agriculture’s chronic and critical labour shortages, which limit growth and productivity in rural communities, by reducing program complexity in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.