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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! ROI Annual Meeting  

ROI's 2014/2015 annual meeting will be held on June 16, 2015 at the Marden Community Centre (7368 Wellington Road 30, Guelph) at 10:30 a.m. The meeting will be followed by lunch at 12 noon and the grand opening of the new ROI office (7382 Wellington Road 30, Guelph).

A detailed agenda and RSVP link will be available soon.

ROI to lead Rural Community Vitality Measurement Initiative 

Funded by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, ROI is leading a 30-month applied research and analysis initiative focused on deepening understanding of effective practices for quantifying civil engagement, social capital and community well-being. Read more here.

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 fact sheets here.


ROI Blog

May 27, 2015End-of-life care in rural communities

Apr 15, 2015Introducing the Rural Community Vitality Measurement Initiative

Apr 14, 201511 more Ontario municipalities to receive community transportation funding

Apr 13, 2015Employment of rural youth in Ontario

Mar 18, 2015Ontario municipalities to receive community transportation funding


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