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Summary of the Horizontal Evaluation of the Community Futures Program

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

June 2019

About the evaluation

  • The evaluation examined the relevance and performance of the Community Futures Program (CFP) between 2013-14 and 2017-18. This is the first national evaluation of the CFP, since the pilot was evaluated in 1990.
  • CFP is administered by four Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) (the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Canada Economic Development Agency for Quebec Regions, the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario FedDev and Western Economic Diversification Canada) and the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (referred to as the RDAs).


  • The CFP supports economic development by assisting primarily rural communities to develop and implement local solutions to local problems.
  • It is delivered by a national network of 256 Community Futures Organizations. These are independent, not-for-profit organizations overseen by a volunteer board comprised of community members.
  • The federal government allocated    $78.9 million in annual funding for the program, which is managed by five Regional Development Agencies.

What the evaluation found

Recommendations (as agreed upon by management)

The RDAs and FedNor should build upon their efforts to provide a comprehensive national picture of the results of the CFP, to the extent possible, by:

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