Has the Community Information Database been helpful to your community?  If so, we would like to hear your story!  To submit your experiences, please contact: CID-BDC@agr.gc.ca

Rural communities, government departments, and community development practitioners are using the CID for program development, informed decision-making, proposal writing, educational purposes, creating community and regional profiles, and economic development.  Below are some stories from citizens who have used the Community Information Database.

The department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives in Manitoba has used the CID to help develop an economic analysis process for communities.  The department found the CID community-level data particularly useful. These were developed by the Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat in partnership with the Concordia University’s New Rural Economy project.

The department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada is using the CID in the preparation of socio-economic and cultural overviews and assessments for large oceans management areas on all three coasts.

In Nova Scotia, the South West Health and Dalhousie School of Nursing used the CID in a community health nursing class.  The CID was used in a geography course at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, exposing 21 students to the CID.  In Quebec City, the University of Laval used the CID as a component of its Integrated Rural Development training program for rural development officers.

A library in Saskatchewan found the demographic data in the CID useful for developing a program that targets youth in the region and for doing a facility review project.  The library also used the CID for strategic planning and for developing a community profile, and used the marriage and single women data to develop a project in the health region.

Selected quotes from CID users:

“I have used the tool a few times for economic development projects and have passed it on for others to use.  I did a demo for my local library board and economic development office.  I passed the CID on to a regional consultant during an economic development strategic planning session.  I really like this tool - and it provides valuable access to info that is generally hard to get.”

“I have utilized the database as part of our regional assessment report this year - it was very helpful to allow me to specifically define the college geographic region and get demographic and other info on it.  Looking forward to the availability of the 2006 census data.”

“We are going to use the CID extensively to update our profile information.  We plan to send out individual profiles to each of our communities including the surrounding regional municipality.”

“I feel the CID website is really easy to navigate.  I will be using this website on a regular basis.”  “The reports we can generate from the CID tool could be used to begin a dialogue in various communities.”  “I had a summer student use the CID for a brochure.” 

“There are a number of people in our network that are using the CID to retrieve demographic information.  We are also planning to have a CID training course for our volunteers.  This will be facilitated by a staff person that participated in the training course offered by the Rural Secretariat.  I am delighted that this is happening because our original intent was that the learning around the CID would be shared within our network.”

“Having relevant statistics and information is very important to the decision-making process.”




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Rural Fact

Urbanization continuing: rural comprised 20.7% of Canada’s population in 1996; 19.7% in 2001; and 18.9% in 2006.