Illustrated Glossary
Rural area (RA)


Rural areas (RAs) include all territory lying outside population centres (POPCTRs). Taken together, population centres and rural areas cover all of Canada.

Rural population includes all population living in rural areas of census metropolitan areas (CMAs) and census agglomerations (CAs), as well as population living in rural areas outside CMAs and CAs.

rural area

For more information on rural area, consult the Dictionary, Census of Population, 2021.

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