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Canada's Rural Partnership :

Plans, Spending and Results

Name of horizontal initiative: Canada's Rural Partnership (CRP)

Name of lead department: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Lead department PAA Program: Rural and Co-operatives Development

Start date:

Start date under the Growing Forward Framework: April 1, 2008
(Original start date under Agricultural Policy Framework: April 1, 2003)

End date: March 31, 2013

Total federal funding allocation (from start date to end date): $55.7 million over five years (including in-year transfers)

Description of the horizontal initiative (including funding agreement):

Canada's Rural Partnership leads an integrated, government-wide approach through which the government aims to co-ordinate its economic, social, environmental, and cultural policies towards the goal of economic and social development and renewal of rural Canada.

The program links to the departmental strategic outcome of an innovative agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector and the Government of Canada's outcome of An Innovative and Knowledge-Based Economy.

Shared outcomes:

  • Collaboration between rural communities and stakeholders to address barriers and challenges to local development
  • Information and tools used by rural communities and regions, as well as other government departments, to develop local amenities and other assets
  • New economic activities in rural Canada

Governance structure:

The CRP is managed by the Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat. It contributes to raising awareness and inclusion of rural Canada in federal policies and programs, as well as engaging government and non-government partners to stimulate economic development in rural Canada. The mechanisms for achieving this include:

  • the Rural Development Network, which brings together over 250 members from 41 federal-provincial-territorial government departments and agencies to achieve greater information sharing, collaboration and coordination on rural issues, with a view of developing better integrated policies and programs for rural Canadians;
  • the Community Development Program, which offers funding to assist rural and northern regions to obtain information and access or develop the expertise, tools and processes needed to respond to challenges and opportunities and to become more competitive and generate economic activities; and
  • the Community Information Database, a free web-based resource that provides comprehensive and reliable information on economic, social and demographic factors at the community level, to support decision-making and action.

In each province and territory, these efforts are reinforced by Rural Teams, comprising federal government representatives and, in most cases, members from the provincial or territorial government, and sectorial stakeholders.

Moreover, the Secretariat is an active participant in the National Rural Research Network, which brings together research partners from both academia and government to focus on enhancing knowledge about rural issues to better inform policy making.

Performance highlights:

AAFC continues to invest heavily in providing essential programs and services to farmers and the agriculture industry – much of which is based in rural communities across Canada. The Department maintains a rural lens in its Strategic Policy Branch to ensure the unique needs and challenges of rural communities are considered in agricultural policy and program development.

Contact information:

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada 1-855-773-0241


Planned spending figures are consistent with the 2012-13 Report on Plans and Priorities (RPP). They represent the amounts included in Main Estimates and do not include any additional amounts that may have been allocated to this initiative during 2012-13, due to the timing of the 2012-13 RPP. Total federal funding allocation reflects all the currently approved Treasury Board Submissions and reallocations. Total allocation, planned spending and actual spending are net of indirect costs.

Due to rounding the figures presented may not add up to the totals shown, and figures that cannot be listed in millions of dollars are shown as 0.0.