Rural Population Growth - Slow By Comparison

by Rural Ontario Institute 8. February 2012 14:20

Between 2006 and 2011, Canada's rural population increased by 1.1%, compared to Canada's overall growth rate of 5.9%.  In parallel the share of population of the Ontario population that is considered rural by Statistics Canada dropped between 2006 and 2011 to some 14 % or so.  (See table below.)

However, a closer look at the Ontario County statistics (Census Division) shows some considerable variation in the population growth rates with some losing population and others gaining.  Statistics Canada has made this information and other profiles from the 2011 Census available for download at this link.

Proportion of the population living in rural areas, provinces and territories, 2006 and 2011

Sources: Statistics Canada, censuses of population, 2006 and 2011.


Norman Ragetlie, Director, Policy & Stakeholder Engagement