Structure and Change in Canada's Rural Demography: An Update to 2006
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By Ray D. Bollman and Heather A. Clemenson, Statistics Canada
For Canada as a whole, the rural population is growing.
Most, but not all, of the growth is in areas adjacent to metro areas.
Growth of the rural population is less than the growth in urban areas. Thus the rural share of Canada's total population continues to decline.
The rural population is not growing in all provinces. Each province and territory has reported rural population growth and rural population decline in recent decades.
Depending on how rural is defined, in 2006, 19% to 30% of Canadians were living in a rural area.
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