Implementing Canada’s Rural Development Policy in a Knowledge-Driven Economy – the Case of Manitoba

Introduction – Challenges of the Last Two Decades:

  • Increasing global economic restructuring and increasing competition from emerging economies (Implications for agriculture, forestry mining and fishing sectors).
  • Resource depletion
  • Substitution of synthetics for natural commodities,
  • Substitution of capital for labour in production (the irony of technological productivity),
  • Relocation of natural resource industries to low-cost jurisdictions in the developing world,
  • and low real prices on global markets, which (after NAFTA and WTO) are no longer mitigated by subsidies, trade protection and business incentives.