Fault Lines and Common Ground
Understanding the State of Canada's Urban-Rural Divide
Released: Wednesday February 3, 2021
Over the past year, PPF’s Prime Ministers of Canada Fellow Sean Speer has undertaken an exploration of urban and rural differences in Canada and how policymakers, business and community leaders, and the public can work to bridge this growing cultural, political and socio-economic divide. In collaboration with the Policy, Elections, and Representation Lab (PEARL) at the University of Toronto, Sean is conducting quantitative analysis to understand the perceptions Canadians have of one another across geographical lines and breaking down the realities of the urban-rural divide. Two upcoming reports will showcase his findings, and the implications for Canadian policy makers, leaders, and communities.
Sean is Fellow in Residence at PPF and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. During his fellowship, his research has focused on the cultural, economic, and social tensions between urban and rural Canadians, and the potential effects on our politics and society.
For more information, contact: Andrée Loucks, Policy Lead
Announced in 2012 at PPF’s 25th Testimonial Dinner, the Prime Ministers of Canada Fellowship brings prominent Canadian leaders to PPF to conduct research and convene dialogues about public policy, democratic institutions and good governance. The fellowship is supported financially by the RBC Foundation. Karen Restoule, Kent Aitken, Madelaine Drohan and Peter MacKinnon are previous Prime Ministers of Canada Fellows.