She continued to be a popular figure in Canadian music. In 1990, she was the bestselling country artist in Canada, outselling even Garth Brooks and Clint Black. She is also the only female singer ever to have three separate albums chart in the same year in Australia.
MacNeil hosted a CBC television variety show, Rita and Friends, from 1994 to 1997. She also ran a tea room in her hometown of Big Pond, which has become one of Cape Breton Island's most popular tourist attractions.
She was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1992 and was awarded the Order of Nova Scotia in 2005.
She was also featured in the season 4 episode 8 episode of Trailer Park Boys, wherein she and her band are forced to harvest marijuana.
Is a member of the Mensa society after being persuaded to join by CBRM Mayor John W. Morgan, who himself has a tested IQ of 176.