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MONTREAL - Small Canadian towns are painfully aware of the existential predicament they face. Few are strangers to the sobering realities of declining and aging populations, young people fleeing to cities, difficulty maintaining infrastructure, and sky-high unemployment.
Originally posted by USAisdevil
say hello to bankruptcy Canada .Alberta is the one keeping Canada out of the water
So far, they have 97 members who have contributed $35,000. That means nearly one-quarter of the town's 440 overall residents have participated.
....young people fleeing to cities, difficulty maintaining infrastructure, and sky-high unemployment.
Some are fighting back.
They're aware of the odds stacked against them. The rural population fell to below 20 percent of the national average for the first time in the last census and, while semi-rural areas are generally faring well, the most remote parts of the country are suffering the steepest declines.
He cites the example of Warner, Alberta — population, 383 — which managed, with one crumbling arena and a good local coach, to start an all-girls hockey school which has become nationally renowned.
"It's all about finding your niche," he said.
Mayor Diane Lefort of Notre-Dame-de-Ham isn't sure whether her town will survive either.
But she bristles at the suggestion that it's a waste of tax dollars to prop up a town like hers that might be unsustainable. Keeping small towns alive is in everyone's best interest, she says.
Yes boncho but the problem is that most of these communities industries are dried up, farming or otherwise. They consume massive amounts of tax revenue to stay afloat but return very little. The production value of these places are low.
While some of these towns can find answers to their poblems many of them will not. Some of the problems are far too large in scope for a few hundred residents to tackle. In many cases the govt leaves them little choice. Big companies don't want to operate in these places. Local businesses are too tapped out and any little money that is made in these places are funneled into the major centers.