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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Save the Date - Moving Ahead on Rural and Community Transportation    

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
The Link, 20849 Dalton Road, Sutton 

Introducing eight community partners   

Eight rural communities across Ontario have been selected as partners in the Rural Ontario Institute’s Measuring Rural Community Vitality Initiative – Baldwin, Centre Wellington, County of Dufferin, Huron County, Northern Bruce Peninsula, Northumberland County, Oxford County and West Carleton. 

News Release - January 28, 2016

"Time and Priority Management with Outlook" workshops  

Join Andy Sherwood for a day-long workshop on productivity training and time management solutions, integrating communications, tasks, activities and planning using Microsoft Outlook®.

February 18, 2016 and April 26, 2016

Registration information is available here

Youth Engagement Showcase finalists selected  

Congratulations to Eric Duncan of Winchester, Emily Morrison of Beaverton, Megan Raftis of Harriston and Branden Trochymchuck of Thunder Bay. Stay tuned for blog posts and video documentaries about these engaged youth.

News Release - January 11, 2016


ROI Blog

Jan 28, 2016Youth Engagement Showcase Finalist: Megan Raftis

Jan 26, 2016Youth Engagement Showcase Finalist: Branden Trochymchuck

Jan 21, 2016Youth Engagement Showcase Finalist: Emily Morrison

Jan 19, 2016Youth Engagement Showcase Finalist: Eric Duncan

Nov 9, 2015Celebrating leadership with Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


Engage in dialogue about rural Ontario environment, society and economy.

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Community Exchange

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

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