rrhhs_v5_Logo 1 Color.png

October 24-26 2018       Canmore, Alberta


The First of its Kind

The Alberta Rural Development Network, in conjunction with the Alberta Rural Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (ARCH2 ), was proud to host the first national symposium dedicated to rural and remote housing and homelessness issues across Canada.

The Canadian Rural and Remote Housing and Homelessness Symposium provided an opportunity for individuals, organizations, communities, and government to share information, tools, training, and the expertise needed to address the unique and complex issues surrounding homelessness and housing in rural and remote Canada. 

The Symposium was held on October 24 - 26, 2018 in beautiful Canmore, Alberta: bordering Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park, this hour and twenty minute drive from the Calgary International Airport,  is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains- a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This three-day symposium featured a unique program with over 30 concurrent workshops and panel sessions, mobile tours, and renowned keynote speakers. We hope that participants left the symposium with the tools and knowledge required to address housing and homelessness issues within their communities. Topics discussed were framed within the context of rural and remote communities, and focused on providing actionable tools and best practices to address these issues and improve the quality of life in rural and remote communities.

Funding opportunities for those who have been homeless or displaced 

Engaging people with lived experience is a valuable part of ending homelessness and an important part of the first-ever Canadian Rural and Remote Housing and Homelessness Symposium. With that in mind, the Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) will be offering a lived experience bursary program to help people with lived experience of homelessness participate in the conference.

Applicants may be currently or previously homeless in an area outside of a major Canadian city. (Priority will be given to people from rural and remote communities, but please get in touch with us if you are from a city and interested in applying as well).

The application period is now closed as of August 31, 2018.