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Rural-Urban Interaction in Newfoundland and Labrador: Understanding and Managing Functional Regions Project Update to NLREDA Conference December 1, 2007, St. John’s, NL. The Beginning: FCM – CRRF Alliance. Launched April 2004 Partnering with StatsCan defining urban & rural

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Rural-Urban Interaction in Newfoundland and Labrador:Understanding and Managing Functional RegionsProject Update to NLREDA Conference December 1, 2007, St. John’s, NL

the beginning fcm crrf alliance
The Beginning: FCM – CRRF Alliance
  • Launched April 2004
  • Partnering with StatsCan
    • defining urban & rural
    • understanding urban-rural inter-dependence
  • Leveraging the New Rural Economy Project
    • Governance and Capacity
    • Urban perceptions of rural and vice versa
  • Launching new research: Local Governance of Rural – Urban Interaction
    • Innovations in Municipal Collaboration
    • Inter-community Governance Innovations
    • Tools and Data to Support Innovation
crrf fcm research
CRRF-FCM Research
  • More than one “rural”
    • Rural Adjacent (metropolitan regions)
    • Rural Non-Adjacent (mostly primary resource)
    • Rural Remote (mostly single industry, plus aboriginal)
    • Rural recreational / retirement / amenities
crrf fcm research1
CRRF-FCM Research

Rural-Urban Linkages are multiple and complex

  • Trade and commerce
    • Goods, finance, services, people, information
  • Functional integration
    • Waste management, water protection, recreation
  • Institutional integration
    • Health, education, social economy, NGOs
  • Common environments
    • Water, air, climate
  • Common identities
    • Local, regional, national, international
functional regions project components
Functional Regions: Project Components
  • Quantify and map (GIS) linkages between communities in “regions”, particularly urban and rural relationships
  • Assess governance mechanisms used to manage these relationships, identify gaps, investigate alternatives
  • Assess the contribution of community linkages to sustainability and create a “labour market attractiveness index”
  • Knowledge Mobilization: collaboration, communication, application
functional regions project team
Functional Regions: Project Team
  • CRRF-FCM Alliance (national project linkages)
  • MNL
    • CCRC (municipal engagement, communications, advocacy)
  • Memorial University (research)
    • Harris Centre
    • Departments of Geography, Political Science & Marine Institute
  • University of Kentucky
    • Rural Studies (research)
  • Irish Loop Development Corporation (project coordination)
  • Provincial and federal agencies, NGOs
    • ACOA, HRLE, Service Canada, INTRD, NLREDA
  • Participating communities and regions
  • C/NL Labour Market Development Agreement
functional regions case study regions
Functional Regions: Case Study Regions
  • All Communities / Regions in NL covered by research
  • 3 Case Study regions selected to pilot research and conduct more in-depth interviews
    • Rural Adjacent: Irish Loop
    • Rural Non-adjacent: Twillingate-New World Island RDA area
    • Rural Remote: Labrador Straits
  • Lessons will be shared with all stakeholders
functional regions where we are
Functional Regions: Where We Are
  • Mapping Data Collection
  • Pilot Site meetings
  • Governance Research
    • Small town amalgamation
    • Review of regional governance
    • Fisheries governance
thank you
Thank You!

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