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Can small-town Canada survive?

By Andrew Caddell      

The challenge is wooing people to rural Canada in an era of urbanization and declining populations.

From left, Atlantic-based cabinet ministers Scott Brison and Dominic LeBlanc speak with P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan at a meeting of the region's premiers and cabinet ministers to talk about economic growth on July 10 in Summerside, P.E.I. They’re looking at how to boost immigration to the region experiencing population decline. Photograph courtesy of ACOA

KAMOURASKA, QUE.—One small challenge of summer life in small towns is finding a trusted person to do skilled work one cannot do. I can sand, paint, cut the grass, and do some small DIY projects. But for the complex carpentry, electrical, or plumbing projects, I rely on people with real skills.

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