Go rural, young man

Make Way for YOUth is a new program that “aims to reverse the tide of young adults who leave Nova Scotia’s rural communities for work and school chances that can’t be found at home, and to create opportunities for people like Zinck who want to return.

Modelled after a 15-year-old program in Quebec, the Nova Scotia version will run in two counties and is aimed at people aged 18 to 35 living in both Nova Scotia’s capital city and outside the province. In Halifax County, a wide area that spans the urban core of the city to rural communities, 20 young adults will be chosen from applicants to spend three weekends exploring small-town life.

Likely early next year, young adults will spend a week in the Colchester County area, meeting politicians and business and community leaders.

Ca c’est cool. For every 1,000 out, we’ll bring in 20.

Just kidding.

Sounds neat.

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0 Responses to Go rural, young man

  1. Jonathan Tower says:

    There are programs just like this one that have been up and running in Northern Brunswick for the past 3 years. I run the Chaleur region’s event. This type of initiative can give the “expatriates” the attention needed to help them move back and develop their. I remember reading an article recently on a baby boom in eastern Quebec. These kinds of activities have been cited as examples as to why there are more young people in the region.

  2. David Campbell says:


    You got a link for more information?

  3. Anonymous says:

    There is no doubt that rural life for many people far surpasses the ‘quality of life’ in urban areas. Many cities can no longer even fund symphonies or theatres, things commonly associated with the ‘city attractions’.

    I too would love to see more info on it, but it really should be expanded. That video from Saint John awhile ago shows just how much can be accomplished with just a camera. To see what life is like requires very little cost, in fact the ‘program’ could simply have the chosen young people bringing a video camera and recording their day’s events, which could then be shared online or on DVD with others.

    These things cost almost nothing, and do cost nothing when tied into the school system. But notice how easy it is for corporations to put some money into education and quickly ‘get something back’, meanwhile, taxpayers pay most of the costs of education yet don’t have any say.

    With Youtube and Google making video presentations free, there is no reason New Brunswick isn’t being marketed to the world for very little cost.

  4. scott says:

    No small “quick fix” pilot programs are going to compensate for the fact that there needs to be huge investments over a sustained period of time before anybody is going to feel comfortable or safe about their possible choice to relocate to the place that forgot about them in this first place.

    As our Pastor once said, “if you’re looking to rebuild the church, it is important to reach out to new members rather than fixate your efforts with those who willingly made the choice to leave.” I think the same can be said about ex-pats here in the maritimes.

    Remember, these people left for a reason and it is safe to say that the longer our economy remains in decline here, the more familiarized and comfortable they will become [away from the maritimes] and with their new choice of location. Like my brother has always said, “you couldn’t pay me to come home to that mess.” He’s probably right as my hardworking uncle just lost his job due to cutbacks for the second time in 12 years. I think he’s considering moving west. How can we possibly boast about attrating new people when we can’t even keep those who are educated and have considerable job experience. IMHO, we have created a formula for disaster.

    Well, not “WE” but “they”. And I think “they” knows who they are.