Rural students in Canada less likely to attend PSE

September 30, 2009

Youth from urban centres in Canada are significantly more likely to attend university than their rural counterparts, according to a new MESA Project report. When both college and university were considered, the gaps in accessibility were generally smaller, although, with the exception of the Prairie provinces, still statistically significant. When considering the characteristics of students and their families, the differences in overall PSE rates were no longer significant, whereas the university gap remained, except in Quebec. The report's author relates these findings to the different higher-education systems in place across Canada, such as the CÉGEP system in Quebec. Read the full report