Apple orchard in Blomidon, NS.

About the RFRC

The Rural Futures Research Centre (RFRC) is a hub for social research on rural Atlantic Canada.

Funded by a John R. Evans Leaders Fund grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI JELF), it provides the infrastructure, training and methodological expertise to gather, analyze and disseminate timely, comprehensive, quantitative and qualitative data about social life in the region's rural areas.

With 8 Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) stations, Voxco data collection software, data analysis software and equipment, it has the capacity to conduct and analyze telephone and online surveys,  focus groups and interviews, and produce engaging, informative research outputs for academic, lay and policy audiences.

It primarily supports the research activity of the Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Sustainable Rural Futures for Atlantic Canada, but also serves as a laboratory for graduate students to build research skills by working on real research projects, and can conduct research with and for faculty and community partners.