- Rural infrastructure includes everything from roads, bridges, and railways towaterways, broadband, childcare facilities and more.
- Rural broadband is a fundamental component to farmers ability to take advantage of cutting-edge technology and access to global opportunities.
- Rural broadband is necessary for the lifestyle and business needs of the next generation of farmers
- The Federal government has promised to have 95% high-speed coverage by 2026, and 100% by 2030.
Prosperity in 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 infrastructure deficits\, whether it be digital connectivity, transportation infrastructure or access to social services, 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.
These investments are not only key to the business environment of rural Canada, but also the lifestyle needs of the next generation of Canadian farmers.
Working Toward Solutions:
CFA has been working to position the agricultural sector as a primed for growth, a leading candidate for strategic investment from the federal government. This sentiment has been echoed by reports from the Federal government such as the Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table, and also by leading financial institutions such as the Royal Bank of Canada’s Farmer 4.0 Report.
Agriculture is a sector that can grow exponentially in terms of productivity, efficiency and innovation, and CFA works 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 as a key pillar of its 2021 Pre-Budget Consultation.
- That the government convene key stakeholders around clear, short-term connectivity and affordability targets for digital infrastructure, to build a foundation for long-term vibrancy in rural Canada.
- Canada’s railways, and an efficient low-cost rail grain transportation system, are critical to the country’s agricultural economy and the financial health of grains and oilseeds producers.
- Canada must ensure a competitive environment is created through regulatory and legislative guidance,
- The health of rural Canada, both economically and socially, depends upon well-structured and well-maintained road infrastructures. Roads are increasing in importance as primary transportation conduits for agricultural producers and rural and urban society.
- To that end CFA urges all levels of government to commit all fuel excise taxes to maintaining and building Canada’s road infrastructure
- CFA believes the federal government should make a renewed, firm commitment to maintaining ports and water transport systems to support commerce and, specifically, agri-food trade.
- That includes maintenance of facilities already in place and ensuring adequate capacity for future needs that reflects Canada’s goals in providing goods to international markets.