Public governance


Enhancing Rural Innovation in Canada

Innovation is broader than science and technology, yet often statistics and government programmes narrowly focus on this type of innovation. In rural places, this is particularly relevant as not all firms have the capacity to be competitive in high-tech innovation. With around one in five Canadians living in Canada’s rural regions, better understanding how to promote broader notions of innovation for rural places by increasing entrepreneurship, including for women, advancing the green transition, and improving the provision of services is critical to boost rural productivity, and increase well-being standards. The report sets the scene for rural innovation in Canada, explores the policy and governance environment for key regional innovation initiatives, and includes a special topic chapter on green innovation in rural regions of Canada.

Available from March 19, 2024

In series:OECD Rural Studiesview more titles


Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
Understanding innovation in rural Canada
Policies and programmes for innovation and entrepreneurship in Canada
Green innovation in rural Canada
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