Authors: Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Collection: Research Materials
This document, published by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, argues that Canada’s collective economic well-being and international competitiveness could hinge on the adoption of public policies that promote the economic development of many of the country’s remote communities.
Many of those communities are difficult to reach and have challenging geographies, harsh climates, limited infrastructure, and sparse populations. At the same time, they are also home to vast natural resources that are in demand around the world.
If all Canadians are to fully benefit from the potential of these communities, the federal government must take the lead in developing a long-term strategy for their development.
The business case for private-sector involvement in such development depends on the availability of a skilled workforce and strong infrastructure, including transportation links and broadband telecommunications. Those needs must be considered in the development of government policy in this area.
The authors point to a special role for Aboriginal people in the development of remote communities, where many of them live. The Aboriginal population is relatively young and quickly growing, in comparison with the population as a whole, and could provide a solution to projected labour shortages.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is a network of more than 420 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 192,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions of the country.