The First of its Kind

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

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

The Symposium will be held October 24 - 26, 2018 in beautiful Canmore, Alberta, an hour and twenty minutes from the Calgary International Airport, and bordering Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This three day symposium will feature a unique program with over 30 concurrent workshops and panel sessions, mobile tours, and keynotes to give participants from across rural and remote Canada in the housing and homelessness community the tools they need to make a difference in their communities. Topics will be discussed in the context of rural communities, and will focus on providing actionable tools to address issues and improve the quality of life in rural and remote communities.

We are currently seeking presenters for the Canadian Rural and Remote Housing and Homelessness Symposium 2018. If you are interested, please see the Call for Presenters document which contains a link to the submission form:

Submission deadline: June 22, 2018:

If you are interested in supporting the Canadian Rural and Remote Housing and Homelessness symposium, please contact Lisa Belanger at