AAISA commissioned the Municipal Approaches and Settlement System Development in Small Communities: Report to better understand how rural centres with limited settlement supports are positioned to settle and integrate newcomers. To explore this topic, this research aims to learn about different municipal contexts and support comparison in order to identify different approaches to system development encompassing the attraction, settlement, and integration of newcomers.

This research report outlines the findings from interviews with small communities across Alberta and Manitoba and provides salient recommendations to support the development of settlement systems in small communities. Please find supportive tools arising from this research on the AAISA Toolkit.