RURAL TOWNS DO BETTER NEAR URBAN CENTRES
Dr. Karen Foster is associate professor; department of sociology and social anthropology, at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. She is also Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Rural Futures for Atlantic Canada.
Currently she is involved in a five-year research project (2018 to 2023) focusing on the sustainability of rural life in Atlantic Canada.
Foster sees a number of different potential futures for rural Atlantic Canada, depending on what parts of the economy governments decide to focus on.
One trend she does think will continue is the movement of people from smaller communities to larger towns within the rural setting.
“The places that tend to do well are those that are within a reasonable driving distance from urban centres, which still have their own identity and rural feel. People don’t want to be completely isolated, they want access to services.”