Rural Tools

These rural tools provide opportunities to connect students and various stakeholders with rural data, studies, toolkits, and policies across Canada and internationally.

Canadian Rural Research Network

The Canadian Rural Research Network (CRRN) provides a comprehensive on-line community of rural research stakeholders that facilitates links, exchanges, partnerships and information sharing among all stakeholders interested in rural research.  CRRN encompasses a broad spectrum of rural stakeholders, from academia, the public sector and the private sector, including practitioners, professional consultants, formal and informal community groups and organizations, local government and government officials.  Studies are shared about a broad range of topics, including community and economic development, Aboriginal issues, housing, demographic change, mobility, immigration, services, environment, culture, and resource sectors.  In addition to research and job postings, there are links to other rural courses, rural development programs, webinars, and training opportunities across Canada, as well as links to international rural networks.

For more information, please visit CRRN’s website:

Community Development Institute

The Community Development Institute supports research, information, education, and development needs of Northern British Columbia’s rural and small town communities as they adjust to change in the new economy.  The CDI is interested in two fundamental issues for northern BC’s communities: community capacity and community development.  By undertaking research, sharing information, and supporting community outreach, the CDI has been a partner to communities interested in making informed decisions about their own futures.

For more information, please visit the CDI’s website:

Community Information Database

The Community Information Database (CID) is a free Internet-based resource developed to provide communities, researchers, and governments with access to socio-economic and demographic data and information for all communities across Canada.  The database provides access to a breadth of socio-economic data that can be mapped using an interactive mapping tool.

For more information, please visit the CID website: