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Rural Safety Smarts

Impacts Entire Province

RADF Investment: $498,000

Other Investment: $450,200

Total Investment: $948,200

Project Period: February 2008–August 2011

Education Education
Health Health

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Project Description

The Alberta Farm Safety Centre in Raymond has been providing important farm safety education to students in southern Alberta schools since 1998. This new initiative doubled the program's number of instructors and expanded instruction to other parts of the province. The Rural Alberta Development Fund's contribution was used primarily to modernize teaching and student materials. This modernization included the development and integration of new computer technology.

Expected Outcomes and Benefits         

All projects go through a selection process to ensure they will improve the quality of life for Albertans. This project meets this objective through the following outcomes and benefits:     

  • Provide increased and age-appropriate farm safety training to rural children throughout Alberta
  • Support safer farm practices among the next generation of farmers
  • Reduce farm accidents and injuries involving children
  • Enhance sustainability of the program through the development of partnerships and sponsorships
  • Between September 2008 and June 2011, the program was delivered into 7661 elementary classrooms, to 155,511 rural students.
  • Due to the success of this program, major corporations are using this scalable model as an example that other programs could follow to build capacity and sustainability in rural Alberta.