Rural Development, Employment, Chronic Health, and Economic Conditions in Canada

  • Noel A. YsasiEmail author
  • Irmo Marini
  • Debra A. Harley


Challenges to rural communities in Canada do not solely fall on the reduction of agriculturally based industries but the lack of educational opportunities and attainment of its citizens, high percentage of unskilled workers, poorer health conditions in comparison to their urban counterpart, barriers to transportation, higher proportion of adults age 65 and over, and extreme weather conditions. Rural regions of Canada have a shortage of healthcare and human service providers because of a lack of equitable distribution. Canada is made up of provinces and territories with various core themes that affect rural settings. In this chapter, we explore the conditions affecting rural Canada and discuss implications and recommendations for the rehabilitation counseling professional.


Rural Young adults Older adults Employment Quality of life Health Disability Economic conditions Canada 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Health and Human Services, Rehabilitation Services and Rehabilitation CounselingNorthern Illinois UniversityDeKalbUSA
  2. 2.School of Rehabilitation Services & CounselingUniversity of Texas-Rio Grande ValleyEdinburgUSA
  3. 3.Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation CounselingUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

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