Part One: Small Town Troubles

House in Port Union

Canada's small towns under siege

As the mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality stood at the airport, waiting for a flight to Halifax where he would try to sell a plan to renew his area, he witnessed just how badly his constituents needed t…

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About this series

In 1951, only 45 per cent of Canada's population lived in cities. Today, over 70 per cent of us live in large, metropolitan centres.

Canada's small towns are dying out – and taking much of our history, economy and quality of life with them.

In this exclusive five-part series, we look at the disappearance of Canada's small towns from cultural, economic and social perspectives.