Thought you might like to see this: Structure and Change in Canada’s Rural Demography: An Update to 2006.
I don’t have much to say on it except that I remain reasonably convinced that New Brunswick has to a) become more urban -that is to say have larger urban centres with less linkage of specialized high value economic activity out to Halifax, Toronto, etc. and b) see this urban growth not at the expense of rural communities.
If you read this report you will see that Canada’s rural population, namely people who live outside the commuting zone of larger urban centres, has remained fairly stable at about 6 million since 1981. It is declining on a share basis because of the growth of the urban areas.
You can have rural and small town populations that are successful if they are linked up with urban centres for the type of services one expects in larger urban areas.