The Centre for Rural Economic Development

As COVID-19 continues to have an unprecedented impact, the Government of Canada is taking strong action to help all Canadians, including rural Canadians, no matter where they live.

In coordinating a whole-of-government approach, the Centre for Rural Economic Development is:

  • helping ensure that rural needs and realities are taken into account to help improve federal policy and program relevance and access; and
  • providing rural communities with advice and guidance to help them access federal supports to meet their unique needs.

The centre is the single point of contact for rural communities looking to access federal programs. We are here to:

  • help you identify federal programs and initiatives that might address your unique needs;
  • answer your questions about the federal services available to your community;
  • connect you to key resources from multiple departments and agencies; and
  • gather your ideas on how we can improve the way we deliver programs to meet rural needs.

Contact us

Contact us by email at or by mail:

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
235 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H5

Rural Economic Development Strategy

The strategy outlines a whole of government approach to meeting the economic social development and sustainability needs of rural Canada, including connectivity, climate change and adaptation, infrastructure, skills and labour, housing and tourism.

The Rural Economic Development Strategy (HTML Version) was released on June 27, 2019, based on extensive consultations with the people living and working in rural communities across Canada—like forestry workers, entrepreneurs, and farmers—as well as community leaders, associations, businesses, academics, municipalities, Indigenous groups, and provincial and territorial governments.

A progress report on Canada’s Rural Economic Development Strategy was released on August 13, 2021.

Canada’s Rural Economic Development Strategy: Progress Report August 2021 (HTML Version)