Monthly News
November 2019

November 18, 2019, 7 PM
Viking Alliance Church
5115 48 St
Viking, AB
Ryley Community Hall
5103 49 St
Ryley, AB

The Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities, in association with the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life, invites you to a conversation on the topic of cultural diversity in rural Alberta. This is an opportunity to talk together about the realities of rural life and how to build bridges across our collective differences.
Light refreshments will be served.
This event is free to attend and open to the public.
For more info, contact Clark Banack, Senior Research Associate at the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities at

This year we celebrate ten years of rural research, collaboration, education and outreach.  Check out what the ACSRC has been up to over the last 10 years in our "Celebrating Ten Years of Rural Engagement" report.
Workshops and Webinars

November 20, 2019
Augustana Campus, UAlberta
Camrose, AB

Grant writing is an increasingly important skill in the municipal, not-for-profit, and even corporate world. For small organizations and communities, however, grant writing can present a real challenge in terms of time, completion, budgeting and submission.
Join ACSRC Director Dr. Lars Hallström, the recipient of over 80 research, knowledge mobilization, infrastructure and collaborative grants, for this activity-based workshop for people with varied experiences in the grant-writing process.

April 8, 2020
Augustana Campus, UAlberta
Camrose, AB

Priority Based Budgeting is a unique approach being used by local governments across the country to match available resources with community priorities, make better informed decisions, and meaningfully engage citizens in the budgeting process. Learn how in this one-day, open enrollment seminar at the U of A - Augustana Campus in Camrose

February 6, 2020
Edmonton, AB
Get insights from the industry's best, and network with other professional and students in planning related industries.

April 29 - May 1, 2020  
Brandon, MB
Mental Health on the Prairies: Social Justice, Vulnerability, and Resilience, aims to dig deeper and open the conversation surrounding the factors that impact an individual's mental health and the community's collective mental health.

The Rural Broadband Portal is a tool that systematically sorts Broadband related literature and research for unique interventions and policy suggestions. Through the Rural Broadband Portal, the ACRSC aims to assist policy makers, stakeholders, and their communities to make research driven policy related to broadband development.

On the website, find Broadband related announcements and news, and to access the portal select 'Public Portal'.


The Canadian Sustainability Plan Inventory (CSPI) provides a means for rural communities, researchers, and development practitioners to access how other communities from across Canada have approached sustainability planning in terms of process, content and areas of concentration.  Over 1200 plans are available.

The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation launched the State of Rural Canada III - Bridging Rural Data Gaps on October 2, 2019 at the Sustainable Communities Conference in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.  Chapters include: Economy, Demography, and Workforce; Health and Wellbeing; Indigenous Peoples; Environment, Climate, Food, and Agriculture; Culture; and a section with discussion and recommendations.
Calendar of Events
For upcoming events, conferences and workshops visit the events calendar on the ACSRC website.  This calendar holds events offered by the ACSRC and other organizations with a common goal of sustainable rural communities. 
Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities