Rural Canadians need to be included in pandemic recovery plans
As the Rural Forum Chair with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), I’ve seen first-hand how rural communities have shaped Canada’s pandemic response. I’ve seen them protect frontline services and take extraordinary steps to keep people safe. Canton De Gore, Que., set up a home-delivery service for vulnerable residents. In northern B.C., Fort St. John kept roadside restaurants open so truckers could take a break. The examples are endless – each one a story of local leaders seeing what people need and then responding.