An analysis of innovative practices for municipal government support of community economic development in Western Canada & Northwestern Ontario
This research project explored the relationship between municipal governments and community economic development (CED). It identified the unique role that municipal governments play in promoting CED, gives policy recommendations for advancing the transformative and innovative elements of CED within local governments, and identified models of innovative practice in municipal policy related to CED. The project focused on medium-sized municipalities in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northern Ontario. The thesis profiles important roles that municipalities play in supporting CED and uses examples from the research to illustrate these roles. Lastly, Haughton’s (1998) multifaceted definition of CED (p. 876) was used to place each municipality on a spectrum from ‘localist transformative’ CED to ‘gap filling’ CED and examples were given from the research to show which municipalities had the strongest and most innovative support of CED and those that were less successful.