Researcher Profiles: Northern and Rural Research in Canada
Northern and Rural Health Research in Canada
Rural Canada is about 20% of the employed Canadian workforce, one-third of the Canadian population and over 90% of the nation’s territory. Many rural communities in Canada are facing demographic, ecological, economic and social challenges due to geographic and social isolation, depletion of natural resources, boom-and-bust cycles in primary industries, chronic high unemployment, out migration of the young, population aging, environmental decay, inadequate or deteriorating municipal infrastructure, etc. These problems have profound implications for the health and well-being of northern, Indigenous and rural Canada.
The challenge of providing good quality health care close to home is nothing new to Canada’s northern and rural regions. In spite of major scientific advancements and a health insurance system that has been developed over the past 50 years, availability and access to health care are a critical problem in Canada’s northern and rural communities.
Research Canada is committed to profiling and supporting the work of researchers from our Membership and across Canada. The following are just some of the leading experts on northern and rural research in Canada.