Regions are becoming increasingly important for planning, sustainability, and social development. Throughout Canada, multi-community strategies are being employed to issues far ranging, such as to address economic development opportunities to the formation of hockey teams. What happens when a provincial boundary cuts across the region? What are the implications of this ‘line’ on regional cooperation and collaboration?

A new community-based research initiative has begun to address these questions. In partnership with the Labrador Regional Council, researchers at Saint Mary’s University are exploring the influence of political boundaries on regional planning. The research will examine the role for each level of government to facilitate regional collaboration in these unique regions of Canada. The key objective of this community-based research initiative is to answer the question: “How can government facilitate cross border collaboration?”.