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The New Rural Economy project has always attempted to benefit rural Canadians directly. We try to accomplish this in many ways: by staying in close touch with the residents in the sites involved in our study; by organizing our workshops and conferences in rural communities; by involving government partners and policy makers; and by distributing electronic and printed materials (reports, information flyers, posters, etc.) to rural communities and partners that clearly identify what we have learned and what actions we think can best benefit all rural Canadians.

Visit the 32 study sites for site specific research documents

Organization and Governance-related data

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Canadian Longitudinal CSD database

This data set includes all the Census Subdivision (CSD) data collected by Statistics Canada from 1986 to 2016 (both rural and urban). They are all special tabulations based on 2006 CSD boundaries. As a result, they allow longitudinal analysis without the yearly changes created by municipality and urban redefinitions. The data are prepared in SPSS format and instructions for their use are provided. * request access to the data 

Municipal Finance Data

These data were selected from Census Canada data on municipal finance information for 2001. They are prepared for SPSS use. The link include includes a Codebook and Glossary. * request access to the data 

NRE Site Profiles 1998

Profiles for the NRE field sites were prepared in 1998, then updated in 2000, and 2003. The data include narratives as well as more structured information about the characteristics of the field site (e.g. field research logs, respondent-generated maps of their community boundaries, site history descriptions, availability of services, economic fortunes, resource base and amenities, demographic and social changes). The datafile is prepared for SPSS analysis. The workbook information is provided in English and French. * request access to the data 

NRE Site Profile Update, 1999

The NRE site profiles were updated in 1999 with information regarding the voluntary sector. The data are prepared for SPSS analysis. The instrument is provided in English and French. * request access to the data 

NRE Site Profile Update, 2000

The NRE site profiles were updated in 1999 with information regarding the role of small businesses and entrepreneurship. The data are prepared for SPSS analysis. The instrument is provided in English and French. * request access to the data 

NRE Household Survey, 2001

A systematic random survey of households was conducted in the NRE field sites. Topics included were Information about the household composition, major changes in the households and how they coped with them, use of the internet, services used in their community, participation in the community, skills and resources shared with others, the financial situation of the household, and their thoughts about the future. A handbook is also provided that was used by interviewers. The data are prepared for SPSS analysis. The instrument and handbook are provided in English and French. Our sections regarding major changes and how they dealt with them was replicated by Statistics Canada in their 2008 General Social Survey (GSS22: Social Networks, Sections 3 and 4). This allows the comparison of these issues as provided in the NRE field sites with a sample of more than 20,000 Canadians from both urban and rural areas. An example of this analysis can be found in the following document:

Reimer, Bill (2011) “Social Exclusion through Lack of Access to Social Support in Rural Areas” Pp 152-160 in Social Statistics, Poverty and Social Exclusion: perspectives Québébecoises, Canadiennes et internationals, Montréal: Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal. 

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Capacity profiles

Economic capacity profiles: 2004 update: This report summarises the work completed and insights gained from updating Economic Capacity Profiles for the New Rural Economy (NRE2) sites. The initial set of Profiles was based on the 1996 Census and 2001 NRE site profiles data. The updated Profiles are based on 2001 Census data and 2003 NRE site profiles data. Prepared on behalf of New Rural Economy Project of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation by David J. Connell, PhD.

The files below are individual profiles for the NRE Communities included in the Economic Capacity Profiles research.


In-sites flyers

Reports for the Rural Secretariat of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Series

Seven Reports on the Identification of Rural Indicators for Rural Communities by the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation and the NREProject

Student contributions

Names of students appear in bold in the list below.

Bill Reimer, Mike Burns, Angela Briscoe, Jamie Dressler, Corrine Harris and Moses Geepu Nah Tiepoh

7 Reports for the Rural Secretariat of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Jennifer Butler

Poster for NRRN Conference, Twillingate NL, October 2005

Evan Dickinson

CAPacity: The Role of Community Access Centres in Building Capacity in Rural Areas

Augustin Ependa 
S.d. Bruno Jean

Mesure du capital social et de la gouvernance locale comme facteurs intangibles de la revitalisation - dévitalisation des communautés rurales canadiennes. (cas des sites NRE)

Bruno Jean with Peter Apedaile, Omer Chouinard, Patrice Leblanc, Augustin Épenda, Steve Plante, Derek Wilkinson

Qu'est-ce que la gouvernance et comment elle peut aider à aménager l'avenir de votre communauté? 

Nancy Gagné & Steve Plante

Production porcine et développement des collectivités rurales: un enjeu pour la gouvernance locale

Dagoberto Hernandez, and edited by Jessica Gallant

Community Tools - Website Descriptions

Doug Ramsey, Anna Woodrow, Lori Gould, Angela Briscoe

The Changing Nature of Traditional Media in the New Rural Economy

Emily Huddart, Tom Beckley, Solange Nadeau, Bonnie McFarlane

Differences in urban and rural environmental values and behaviour

Diane Martz with Rebeka Kennedy-Pruehs & Ingrid Brueckner

Ferintosh, Alberta

Becky Lipton

Master's thesis: Breaking New Ground: Women and Farm Entry in British Columbia

Report on the "New Century, New Risks" Conference

Lindsay Lyghtle

Communication Issues for Volunteer Groups in Rural Canada

Spatial Variation of Technology Mediated Learning in Rural Communities DRAFT

Communication Issues for Volunteer Groups in Rural Canada

Tara Lyons

New Century, New Risks: Challenges for Social Development in Canada

Ellen Wall & Katia Marzall

Climate Change and Adaptive Capacity in Tweed: Profiling Resources

Sharmalene MendisIngrid Brueckner
and Diane Martz

Natural Capital: Working Towards Local-Level Indicators for the NRE2

Sophie Anne Morin

La gouvernance à Cap-à-l'Aigle : quelques résultats préliminaires d'une étude sur le terrain

Cap-à-l’Aigle : Un cas de gouvernance rurale innovante?

Alison Moss

The Use of the Traditional Media in Rural Canada

Sara Teitelbaum, Tom Beckley, and Solange Nadeau

An Assessment of the Practices and Outcomes of Community Forestry in the Canadian Context

Seynabou Sissoko & Omer Chouinard

LE DÉFI DE LA GOUVERNANCE D’UNE COMMUNAUTÉ EN MILIEU MINORITAIRE AU N.-B. : Cas de la coopération interculturelle à Néguac

Sara Teitelbaum

Community Governance of Local Forests: An Emerging Reality?

Moses Geepu Nah Tiepoh and Bill Reimer

Social capital, information flows, and income creation in rural Canada: a cross-community analysis

Deatra Walsh

Assessing the Merits of Collaborative Research

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