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Johnson, Marc L. (2002). Peripheral but Vigorous, Southwestern Nova Scotia Régions et économie du savoir : Regions in the Knowledge Economy . Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Montréal.

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The region we selected for this study comprises three counties, each named for its main population centre: Digby, Yarmouth, and Shelburne. We subtracted Queens and Lunenburg counties from Statistics Canada’s economic region, as both are too close to Halifax to meet our definition of a peripheral region. The region selected is fairly symmetrical, with the small regional capital of Yarmouth in the middle, and Digby and Shelburne on either side. Southwestern Nova Scotia is essentially a rural region, and it is the only region in our research program that has no census agglomeration. In addition, this region has the highest concentration of francophones in Nova Scotia, in the rural municipalities of Clare and Argyle.Given the cycles typical of marine resource development, the economy of the Southwestern experiences the kinds of highs and lows that have shaped the history of the Atlantic provinces. During the 1990s, for instance, the groundfish crisis that shook the whole Atlantic region did not spare Southwestern Nova Scotia, although some diversification in the species caught, together with excellent lobster catches, afforded a degree of protection from the disaster.Southwestern Nova Scotia remains a peripheral region from the structural standpoint. While its resource-based economy continues to flourish, it is not benefiting from the development of the knowledge-based economy, which remains essentially an urban phenomenon. The region is also heavily dependent on government transfer payments. Still, there are some promising development initiatives. In the Digby area, for example, a dynamic industrial park has successfully replaced the former Cornwallis military base, while at the regional level, the two regional development agencies show unparalleled vitality.

Type de document: Rapport
Informations complémentaires: Institut canadien de recherche sur le développement régional (ICRDR) = The canadian institute for research on regional development (CIRRD)
Mots-clés libres: Nouvelle-Écosse; économie régionale; développement économique; région périphérique; ressources marines; ressources agro-forestières; emploi; pêche
Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 12 nov. 2020 21:00
Dernière modification: 12 nov. 2020 21:00
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/9523

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