Projects

Motivation of SMEs in hiring newcomers

Continuing with its past investigations into rural immigration, RDI has undertaken a research project focused on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on the Prairies that hire newcomers. The project seeks to understand the motivations of business owners in hiring those newcomers and the benefits and costs of hiring them from the business owners’ point of view.

To achieve these goals, the project team has already met with members of the Prairie provinces’ umbrella settlement organizations (MANSO, SAISIA, and AAISA) to strategize on recruiting SMEs by getting leads from local Settlement Service Provider Organizations (SPOs).
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Manitoba Rural Broadband Project

As more and more Manitoba rural communities are accessing and using broadband, the Rural Development Institute, Brandon University, investigated the impact of broadband usage, and digital technologies in general, on rural communities. Three communities joined the project: La Broquerie, Powerview-Pine Falls, and St Claude.

In each community, a survey of digital technologies infrastructure, access, and usage was carried out at the household level to accurately describe  the digital situation of each community. In addition, a complementary set of interviews and focus groups was designed to highlight the opportunities and barriers characterizing the implementation of projects. The joint analysis of both sources of data supports the breadth and depth of the results.
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Rural Research Centres in Canada

Throughout Canada, a small number of university-based research centres have been working with rural and northern communities to increase the understanding of rural development, policy, and practice. Great diversity exists among these rural research centres. The Rural Development Institute has prepared a report outlining university-based rural research centres to increase the understanding of centres across Canada.
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Rural Innovation in Manitoba: Reducing Barriers to Commercialization and Growing Capacity in the Agri-food Sector

While there is creativity, thinking and science across Canada, the Conference Board of Canada reports an “innovation gap” that is mostly related to commercialization – the transformation of ideas and knowledge into value. The research and activities undertaken in this project aimed to close the knowledge gap that exists around understanding the complex of issues that slow down innovation in the Manitoba Agri-Food sector. This project focused on innovation in rural Manitoba, a less studied area, where limited information exists about the commercialization aspects of innovation.

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101 Ideas for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The 101 Ideas for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a research project designed to collect and share stories of innovators and entrepreneurs from rural communities across Canada. The purpose of this project is to inspire people to embrace a culture of innovation and to promote rural innovators/entrepreneurs and their products to the general public.

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