A pair of professors at the University of Saskatchewan are helping government at the provincial and federal levels discern what rural communities need to deal with many challenges they face.
The challenges are outlined in a report called "State of Rural Canada" which will be forwarded to the federal government next month.
Co-author of the Saskatchewan Chapter of the national report Rose Olfert says there is a lot of policy that needs fixing when it comes to access to healthcare, quality infrastructure and education.
She adds communities also have to achieve an efficient governance team that will foster business growth and promote local entrepreneurship.
The main thread she saw as to why communities struggle is the movement of the young population to the bigger city coupled with an aging population and infrastructure.