Since 1989, CRRF has hosted or co-hosted an annual rural policy conference. The theme of these policy conferences varies from year to year, as does the conference location.


Upcoming Rural Conference

The 2017 CRRF conference, Different by Design: Exploring Innovation for Rural Prosperity, will be held in Nelson, British Columbia from 20-24 September 2017. Check out for more information.


Past Rural Conferences and Workshops

2016: Building Vibrant Rural Futures, October 12-15, 2016 in Guelph, Ontario

Co-hosted with the Rural Policy Learning Commons. 

2015: Building Resilient Communities: Innovation, Culture and Governance in Place, September 16-19, 2015 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island

Co-hosted with the North Atlantic Forum and the Institute of Island Studies, University of Prince Edward Island.

2014: New Realities, New Relationships (Prince George, British Columbia)

Co-hosted with the Community Development Institute, University of Northern British Columbia. 

2013: Rural Canada: Ready to Grow, October 24-27, 2013 in Thunder Bay, Ontario

Co-hosted by Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association,  Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Economic and Resource Development Unit, and Lakehead University.

2012: Creating Rural Connections (Olds, Alberta)

Co-hosted with the Alberta Rural Development Network

2011: Culture, Place, and Identity at the Heart of Regional Development (St. John’s, Newfoundland)

Co-hosted with the North Atlantic Forum, Small Islands Culture Research Initiative, and the Leslie Harris Centre for Regional Policy and Development at Memorial University. 

2011: From Policy to Research and Back (Ottawa, Ontario)

in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

2010: On the Bright Side: Rural Works (Brandon, psnitoba)

in partnership with the Rural Development Institute, Brandon University

2009: From Rural Recession to Revitalization (Quebec, Quebec)

2008: Boom Bust Economies: Impact on Rural and Northern Communities (Inuvik, Northwest Territories)

2008: CRRF-NRRN Northern Dialogue Session (Whitehorse, Yukon)

2007: CRRF Annual Conference (Vermilion, Alberta)

2006: A Rural Canada: Meeting of the Minds (Gatineau, Québec and Lankark, Ontario)

2005: CRRF Annual Conference (Twillingate, Newfoundland)

2005: National Rural Think Tank on Immigration in Rural Canada – Research and Practice (Brandon, Manitoba)

2004: Local Governance of Rural-Urban Interaction (Prince George, British Columbia)

2003: New Economy Brainstorm (Ferintosh, Alberta)

2002: CRRF Rural University (Miramichi City, New Brunswick)

2002: NRE Spring Workshop (Altona, Manitoba)

2001: The NRE: From Challenge to Action (Muenster, Saskatchewan)

2001: Workshop: The NRE: From Challenge to Action (Sackville, New Brunswick)

2000: The New Rural Economy (Alfred, Ontario)

2000: The New Rural Economy Workshop (Nanaimo, British Columbia)

1999: FCRR Universite Rurale Quebecoise, Entreprendre Chez-nous (Trois Pistoles, Québec)

1999: NRE Research Vision Workshop (Newtown, Newfoundland)

1998: National Conference on Rural Marginalization (Nelson, British Columbia)

1998: Workshop on Rural Marginalization (St Donat, Québec)

1997: The New Rural Economy: Rural Revitalization (West Prince County, Prince Edward Island)

1997: The New Rural Economy Workshop (North Bay, Ontario)

1996: National Conference on NAFTA and the New Rural Economy (Gimli, Manitoba)

1996: Workshop on NAFTA and the New Rural Economy (Quesnel, British Columbia)

1995: National Conference on International Perspectives on Rural Employment (Coaticook, Québec)

1995: Workshop on International Perspectives on Rural Employment (Corner Brook, Newfoundland)

1994: National Conference on Rural Institutional Restructuring (Grande Prairie, Alberta)

1994: Workshop on Social Networks and Institutional Restructuring (St Clement, Québec)

1993: National Conference on Development Strategies for Rural Canada: Evaluating Partnerships, Jobs, and Communities (Wolfville, Nova Scotia)

1993: Workshop on Progress and Partnerships for Local Initiative Programs for Rural Development (Merrickville, Ontario)

1992: National Conference on Manufacturing and the Service Sector in Rural Development Strategy (Goderich, Ontario)

1992: Workshop – The Potential for Manufacturing in Rural Economic Diversification (Brandon, Manitoba)

1991: National Conference on Stimulating Rural Economies for the 2000s (Camrose, Alberta)

1991: Workshop on Development in Resource-Dependent and Single Industry Rural Places (Coaticook, Québec)

1990: National Conference on The Databases for Monitoring and Researching Rural Restructuring (Ottawa, Ontario)
     in partnership with Statistics Canada

1990: Workshop on Globalization and Agricultural Restructuring (Ottawa, Ontario)

1989: National Conference on Sustainable Rural Communities in Canada (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)

1989: Sustain Rural Development (Ottawa, Ontario)