Action

A public launch is held to present the development plan. It is also an opportunity to inform citizens of other initiatives underway in the community. In addition, organizations can present new programs to the community. Including many topics in one evening does not tax the community with too many outings and commitments.  Other citizens are informed and invited to ask questions or voice their concerns.

The launch reinforces that the planning process was successful and that the community is included from the onset so they feel ownership in the plan. From these launches, other community members are invited to join development committees.  After the launches are complete, the revitalization agent will work with the committees to find partners and develop funding proposals to help build the projects throughout the phases of the development plan.

This completes the circle in the development plan process whereby mobilized citizens’ ideas are validated through inclusion in the plan. At this point, the community returns to the evaluation phase to take a new look at where they are and how far they have come in their development.  Plans can be updated, and the cycle can begin again.

Examples of completed projects:

  • Establishment of a local market and its infrastructure
  • Renovation and upgrade of an arena (Insulation and refrigeration)
  • Zoning report submitted to La Commission de protection du territoire agricole (CPTAQ)
  • Development of a municipal campground and washroom / shower infrastructure.
  • Renovations and launch of a local museum
  • Renovation to an old building to start a business incubator project
  • Creation of a cooperative to bring revenue to a heritage building site

What’s Next?

The Revitalization Agent continues to work in partnership with the municipality, MRC, SADC and other stakeholders as the committees continue to guide the projects from inception to ratification to funding proposal and, finally, completion. The agent can also propose to take the communities through the process again, as this will maintain developmental sustainability.

Once projects are realized, committee members may feel they have accomplished what they had set out to do and will move on. As is the case with youth in a rural area, they will inevitably leave to pursue higher education and that is to be expected; however, if they have been included in the process they are more likely to return to a community that is not only vital, but they know they had a part to play in that revitalization. The process has to be flexible enough to accept these changes.

In other cases, a committee may be formed for a specific project and once it is realized, the committee may dissolve. For example, a zoning committee was formed in Shigawake and held monthly meetings until they accomplished what they could and then dissolved; however, should something come up around zoning in the future, they can be contacted to help move a project forward. Other committees form, become non-profit organizations, and continue to play an active part in the development of the municipality.