Community and Rural Development
Encouraging and rewarding community initiative is a commitment explicitly made in Nova Scotia's economic growth strategy, Opportunities for Sustainable Prosperity
. Staff in the Rural Development section of Nova Scotia Economic Development work to keep this commitment.
A key mandate is to build relationships and support the work of regional development authorities in their efforts to build on community assets and strengths. Staff also help develop co-operatives and projects aimed at sustainable communities across Nova Scotia.
- RPAD Annual Reports
The annual report outlines the necessity of strategic contributions, and provides 'snapshots' of some of our unique projects across Nova Scotia.
- Community Development Policy
The overall purpose of the policy is to improve the climate for community development. This improvement will come through more effective government support for communities and by ensuring that government activities are compatible with the policy's objectives and principles.
Programs and Initiatives
- Regional Development Authorities
RDAs work with local development groups to enable communities to build competitiveness and capitalize on market opportunities.
- Community Business Development Corporations
CBDCs comprise a network of 41 organizations across Atlantic Canada that provide assistance to small businesses through financing, counselling and advisory services.
- Service Nova Scotia - Co-operatives Branch
The Co-operatives Branch provides startup assistance, incorporation, registration, advisory services, inspections and winding-up services to the provinces 300 co-operatives.
- Business Retention and Expansion Program
The Business Retention and Expansion Program is a community-based economic strategy in which experts gather specific information first-hand from businesses to identify and respond to their challenges, needs and opportunities. The information becomes part of a comprehensive database used to develop strategic plans and create a stronger business climate. This internationally recognized program is co-ordinated by the Nova Scotia Association of Regional Development Authorities and implemented by the 13 RDAs across the province.
The program helps award-winning entrepreneurs like Dr. Abdullah Kirumira tap into even larger pools of success. For BioMedica Diagnostics Inc., BRE has played an important role in driving global competitiveness and helping the firm overcome its geographical isolation from the traditional urban centers for medical technologies.
"The BRE program, via our local Hants RDA, has been instrumental to our success by promoting our firm nationally and internationally, creating networking opportunities with international visitors and positioning us as an ambassador for the community," said CEO Dr. Abdullah Kirumira, of BioMedica Diagnostics, a BRE client.
Contact Emilie deRosenroll, Nova Scotia Association of Regional Development Authorities
902-426-9016 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org