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Developing leaders and facilitating collaboration on issues facing rural and northern Ontario.


March 18, 2019

Guest Blog: Ontario Health Teams - What Might This Mean for Rural and Northern Ontario?

Ontario's new model for health care, Ontario Health Teams, announced earlier in March, is a significant cultural shift for our health care system explains Suzanne Trivers. Suzanne has worked as a nurse or health system leader in most sectors of health care in her 30+ year career. Having lived and been an active community member in rural Ontario (both north and south), downtown Toronto, Mississauga, Guelph and now Fergus, Suzanne has a broad understanding of the human impacts of health and social services on the health of the people living in Ontario. Suzanne is the inaugural Executive Director of the Mount Forest Family Health Team and the current Board Chair of the Rural Ontario Institute

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January 31, 2019

Guest Blog: Housing models to grow rural communities

Planning housing for our changing demographics is a challenge that all municipalities face across the province. We have a growing seniors population and an increasing number of newcomers to Canada making Ontario their home. When adding in the challenges specific to rural communities, such as youth leaving for jobs/education elsewhere and empty-nesters buying up rural properties, you have the recipe for a lack of affordable housing options.

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January 23, 2019

Rural Ontario Institute selects community partners for two new projects

ROI is partnering with 13 different communities and community organizations from across Ontario, with two of its latest projects: Municipal Internship: Youth Engagement Strategies and the Community Demonstration Projects. These communities were selected following a rigorous evaluation process from staff and selection committees. Submissions from both projects were reviewed by their own respective committee using the criteria outlined for the Expression of Interest.
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