Rural Alberta: Attracting and Retaining People

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 Attracting population to small rural communities can be a challenge as most people prefer to settle in larger cities where the draw of family, friends, ethnic networks and jobs is strong. However, rural communities can attract and retain population by promoting the benefits of living and working in smaller communities (e.g., employment opportunities, lower living expenses, safe neighborhoods and access to community health and recreation services).
This document was developed as a resource guide to assist rural communities in Alberta wishing to attract and retain population to address their long-term economic needs This document is intended for guidance and information only. The document identifies resources that the researcher was able to find through web search. However, it is not considered as an all-inclusive listing of resources.

The document includes information and links to web based resources, initiatives and programs. The document contains information on some best practices that have been developed by other countries. The document also reviews the literature on benefits, challenges and strategic options to attract and retain population in rural communities.

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This information published to the web on February 1, 2013.