Cities and rural areas are closely tied to one another through economic and social activity. Many rural areas are located close to cities and rely on the nearby proximity of urban areas for core services such as health care, education and commercial activity.
More remote rural areas comprise some of Canada’s most fertile and productive agricultural land. In 2013, agriculture provided 1 in 8 jobs in Canada and accounted for almost 7% of the country’s total GDP. Canadian cities are some of the largest consumers of local produce and serve as important procurement and logistical hubs for the agricultural industry.