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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Rural Fact

Although rural Canada's population is generally older (median age 42.1) than the population of urban Canada (median age 38.9), rural remote areas in Territories are much younger (median age 27.6) due to an...