Between 1996 and 2006, rural employment in jobs requiring a university degree increased by 17%. Rural employment in jobs requiring an apprenticeship or trades certificate increased 11%. Rural employment in jobs requiring secondary school did not increase.

In 2006, 64% of urban Canadians aged 24 to 65 years of age had obtained post-secondary education, compared to 51% of rural Canadians.

Rural Canadians were more likely to have obtained an apprenticeship or trades certificate (14%) compared to their urban counterparts (10%).

12% of rural Canadians have a university certificate, diploma, or degree compared to 25% of urban Canadians.

Aboriginal educational attainment is lower than rural and urban education attainment. For example, 15% of Aboriginal peoples have a college diploma; 11% have an apprenticeship or trades certificate; 6% have university certificate, diploma, or degree; and 44% have less than high school.

Faits ruraux

Les variations provinciales: Entre 2008 et 2009, l'emploi rural a diminué en Colombie-Britannique (-5,1 %), à Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador (-4 %), en Ontario (-3,9 %), en Alberta (-3,7 %); au Nouveau-Brunswick (-2,2 %), est resté stable à l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard, au Québec, au Manitoba et en Nouvelle-Écosse et a augmenté en Saskatchewan (+3,1 %).