A post-pandemic policy agenda for rural and smaller Canadian communities

The twin transitions taking place across societies – towards net-zero and digital – will be at the heart of community economic development in Canada over the next decade. Smaller and remote communities face unique challenges across this country, and now, a whole host of unique new opportunities.

 Canada 2020 is thrilled to be launching a significant new research report authored by Matthew Mendelsohn on the economic future of Canada’s rural and smaller communities, after a one year project of research and convening to learn from local and global experience, with support from TELUS. 

Join us on Thursday, December 1 for the launch of this new research, and hear from Canada’s Minister of Rural Economic Development the Hon. Gudie Hutchings, Canada 2020 Senior Fellow Matthew Mendelsohn, Shorefast Founder & CEO Zita Cobb, Chief Kelly LaRocca of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, Bradford West Gwillimbury Councillor Jonathan Scott, and Smart Prosperity Senior Director Mike Moffatt on a practical agenda for how policy and programs can be designed with all communities in mind.

 Register now.

Can’t join us in-person? Watch the Livestream here

The future of rural Canada and supporting community economies

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM  –  Thursday, December 1, 2022

Canada 2020 Studio – 3rd Floor, 35 O’Connor Street, Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario

Light lunch refreshments provided at 12 noon, program begins at 12:15 PM

 Join us by registering here.


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    The Hon. Gudie Hutchings

    Canada’s Minister of Rural Economic Development

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    Zita Cobb

    Shorefast Founder & CEO

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    Matthew Mendelsohn

    Canada 2020 Senior Fellow

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    Jonathan Scott

    Bradford West Gwillimbury Councillor

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    Mike Moffatt

    Smart Prosperity Senior Director

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    Chief Kelly LaRocca

    Chief of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation


Presenting Partner

  • Telus