Rural employment growth has been quite strong in recent years

The following charts show the growth in total employment across Canada by urban and rural locations.  The rural fringe category includes rural areas inside a CMA or CA area.  Small towns are outside the CMA or CA areas and the rural areas are not small towns nor inside CMAs or CAs.

As normally the case in Canada, there is a wide variation in employment growth depending on your location.  Saskatchewan has led total employment growth 2006-2010 while NB pulled up the rear.  In CMA and CA areas, NL actually saw a decline – I didn’t check but I suspect much of that is in the CAs outside St. John’s.

For the most part, rural areas inside CMAs and CAs are doing well – double the national growth rate in employment from 2006 to 2010 but again there are swings by province.  Saskatchewan – which has the fastest employment growth in the country since 2006, actually saw a decline in rural fringe employment during the period (but strong growth in rural employment outside CMAs/CAs – probably related to the mining and oil/gas projects).

Rural areas not near an urban centre and not small towns (the last category below) were the only areas that saw a small employment decline from 2006 to 2010.



Employment Growth 2006-2010 – Total urban and rural areas


Employment Growth 2006-2010 – CMAs and CAs


Employment Growth 2006-2010 – Urban core


Employment Growth 2006-2010 – Rural fringe


Employment Growth 2006-2010 – Small towns


Employment Growth 2006-2010 – Rural areas

3 thoughts on “Rural employment growth has been quite strong in recent years

  1. if this is true, why then are industrial wind turbines proposed for our rural, historical, tourist areas? Industry like this will certainly disuade tourism, lower land and home values. There are reasons why many people choose to live away from urban centres, so they can be close to nature and generally a slower pace of life. Establishing industrial centres in the rural areas will be an end to the concept of “rural”. These areas will be exploited, to the point where the overflow of population will move away from urban centres and create new urban areas in the previously pristine, naturalized, rural Canada.

  2. There is a glaring example in British Columbia of what happens when services are restricted through increased costs and government adds
    bureaucratic layering.

    The Gulf Islands are located between Vancouver and Victoria. They
    have ideal locations for population settlement unlike the
    mountainous and farm rich areas being destroyed in the lower
    mainland metro.

    Rapid increases in ferry fares outstripping increases to other
    regions combined with restrictions from the Victoria based,
    Island Trust have knocked these Island economies for a loop.
    Combine this with a growing bureaucratic National Park system
    operated from outside the Gulf Islands in Sidney and you have
    a recipe for disaster.

    The result has been a recent 19% drop in the economy and a 9% drop in
    population. Real Estate values have plummeted.

    Unfortunately, the BC government has done nothing yet to reign in the
    Trust the people have voted overwhelmingly to support Trustees
    (only two allowed) that support incorporation studies. There
    is hope for improvement but the BC Govt. must do more to ensure greater prosperity or the top heavy bureaucracy will crumble and environmental protection will fail miserably.

    Municipal Governments in BC are a creation of the Province. However,
    BC is no longer a shining example of how municipal government should
    be approached. Many municipal governments are mired in rules and
    regulations. Yet, Departments with Municipal Affairs responsibility
    have done nothing to reduce costs to citizens of government nor add time lines to municipal actions or inaction. In BC there is not even a zoning appeal process as in Ontario! It is clear why BC is not leading in rural opportunities and economic freedom to create prosperity.

  3. Hi David, I know this is 2.5 years after you posted this, but would you remember the statistical source for your graphs (I’m assuming Stats Can, but figure I better make sure)? And may I use some of them in a university paper?

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