Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

November 07, 2005 11:50 ET

Rural Newfoundland and Labrador Focus of Government of Canada Report

ST-JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 7, 2005) - More than half of Newfoundland and Labrador's population (53.5%) call rural areas their home. That's more than double the national average. A new Government of Canada research paper looks at the trends in both rural and urban areas across the province. The Rural Newfoundland and Labrador Profile is one of 14 profiles being developed-one for every province and territory in Canada, and one for the country as a whole.

The Government of Canada's Rural Secretariat started the project to improve government and citizen understanding of rural conditions both across Canada and even from community to community within a provincial or territorial boundary. The report will also assist government and community decision makers in developing the appropriate programs, services and policies for rural communities.

"The reality is there is no stereotype of a rural community," said the Honourable Wayne Easter, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food with special emphasis on Rural Development. "Rural Newfoundland and Labrador Profile looks at different circumstances of communities and the variation in economic, social, educational and health care realities."

The statistics also reveal that primary industry jobs are dominant in rural areas, while urban residents of Newfoundland and Labrador are likely to be in service areas. This showcases the interdependence between urban and rural economies within the province.

A Statistics Canada method was used dividing rural Newfoundland and Labrador into four types of rural, depending on how strongly they are economically and socially influenced by urban areas.

The authors of this report examined Statistics Canada census data between 1991 and 2001 for 20 indicators that can reflect conditions in different areas. They found there was often greater variation between the four types of rural than between rural and urban.

This study was carried out by the Canadian Rural Partnership's Rural Secretariat with help from Statistics Canada. The Rural Secretariat is a part of the Government of Canada that focuses on rural issues. You can find more information on the Canadian Rural Partnership and the Rural Secretariat at

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  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Valerie Roy
    Rural Communications / Rural Secretariat
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