Welcome to the Rural Ontario Institute

The Rural Ontario Institute develops leaders, initiates dialogue, supports collaboration and promotes action on issues and opportunities facing rural Ontario.

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2015 Wm. A. Stewart Lecture Featuring Mark Cohon

Join us on March 26th, 2015 at 7 p.m. for an evening with Mark Cohon, former CFL Commissioner. Tickets on sale now!

New series of Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheets now available

Based on Statistics Canada data, a new series of 21 Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheets outline socio-economic analysis and trends in rural Ontario geographies.

Topics include urban/rural income trends, employment patterns, demographic changes, migration by age group, living arrangements of seniors and youth employment trends.

Read all 2014 the fact sheets here.

Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program - Class 16 

AALP Class 16 runs from September 2015 - April 2017. Applications are being accepted now! 

Infographic: Who does what in the Ontario government?

ROI and three other organizations partnered to bring a look at the Ontario government: an overview of structure, responsibilities, main programs and ideas on how to engage. Thanks to the Ontario Nonprofit Network for making it happen!

The value of non-profits to Ontario

The Ontario Non-Profit Network recently produced an infographic showing that non-profits contribute to vibrant communities thoughout the province. Almost 1 million Ontarians work in a non-profit organization and over 5 million Ontarians provide volunteer service (equalling about 100,000 jobs)! Click on the image to see the full infographic.



ROI Blog

Jan 15, 2015Town of Minto Awarded Bronze Designation as part of Walk Friendly Ontario

Dec 10, 2014Ministry of Education Proposes Major Changes to School Closure Processes

Nov 26, 2014Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant Announced

Nov 26, 2014Community Transportation Pilot Grant Program Announced

Nov 20, 2014Funding available to train front line staff in critical areas of the law


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Community Exchange

Check out the new Community Exchange, your rural Ontario information Centre.

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