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.

The Internet affords opportunities for rural Canadians to reduce the barriers of distance. However, internet use is lower in rural Canada. In 2007, 65% of rural Canadians use the internet compared to 76% of urban Canadians. About three-quarters of rural internet users report using a high speed connection.

By the end of 2009, 84% of rural households had access to broadband, compared to 100% of urban households. This means 16% of rural Canadians have no access to broadband.

Less than 80% of rural households in the Territories, Newfoundland, Quebec, and British Columbia had access to broadband. Nearly 100% of rural household in P.E.I., New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia had access to broadband.

By the end of 2009, approximately 99% of Canadians had access to wireless. However, 96% of Canadians had access to 3G wireless. Access to 3G allows for faster data transmission speeds and more reliable Internet connections and is a catalyst for innovation, prosperity and growth.

Rural Canada is geographically, economically, socially and culturally diverse. The variation between different rural areas is significant, sometimes more significant than the differences between urban and rural areas as a whole.

'Rural' refers to towns or municipalities outside the commuting zone of larger urban centres (with 10,000 or more population).

95% of Canada’s land area is rural. Rural Canada is characterized by distance (e.g. to markets, services) and low population and business density.

5.9 million citizens comprising 19% of Canada’s population in 4,470 communities.

Faits ruraux

La superficie du Canada est à 95 % rurale. Le Canada rural est caractérisé par la distance (par exemple, aux marchés, services) et de la faible densité démographique et commerciale.