MPA Major Research Papers

Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Research Paper

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration


Political Science


Sancton, Andrew

Geographical Areas

Centre Hastings, Stirling-Rawdon


This paper examines the possible explanations for significant population growth in rural areas using case studies of two municipalities in Eastern Ontario: Centre Hastings, which has experienced substantial population growth, and Stirling-Rawdon, which has not. Population statistics for each municipality are analyzed and related to the physical landscape, local economy, and local governments. The findings reveal that possible reasons for why the population of Centre Hastings has increased significantly include the building ban in Stirling, the concentration of services in Centre Hastings as a result of amalgamation, lower tax rates and unemployment rates, and the benefits associated with the geographical location of Centre Hastings.