Resource-based Town Resilience: Strengthening Communities through Long-term Investment

Wanda Leung, Carrie Wilcox, Judy White, Noreen Careen, Carmela Hutchison, and Victoria Lake
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Research Theme / Community
Migration, Immigration & Mobility


Northern towns that rely on resource extraction to sustain their economies face a number of challenges. However, through reinvestment in local infrastructure during boom periods these towns can build the resilience needed to continue thriving even after the “boom” periods have passed. Studies have shown this investment should focus on creating an environment that is supportive of diverse women who want to live, work, and age in their community. This fact sheet explains why and draws upon real-world examples of investment strategies.

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