Banking in Rural Canada: Ensuring that Rural Consumers Have Adequate Service


Angie Barrados


Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC)




This document focusses on the issues of access to banking services in rural areas across Canada. The researcher discusses the following subjects: 1) the emerging gap in banking services in rural areas, 2) the potential alternatives to rural bank branches, 3) the attitudes of rural Canadians towards alternatives to bank branches, and 4) ways to address the problems that bank branch closures pose for rural Canada. Among the report's suggestions are: revitalizing the Minister of Finance's commitment to rural Canada, monitoring access to rural ABMs, adopting a minimum service standard for rural and remote areas, and researching the role Canada Post could play in providing banking services.

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This research received funding support through the Office of Consumer Affairs' Contributions Program.

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Source: Consumer Policy Research Database

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