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.




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More than one third of rural SMEs do their day-to-day banking with credit unions and Caisses populaires compared to only 15 percent of urban SMEs. This highlights the importance of financial co-...