Building Vision

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


January 28, 2020

Water, Water Everywhere - Rural Ontario Foresight Papers

Too much water in the system creates flooding which in turn creates many problems for elected officials.  The most effective approach that both local governments and residential homeowners and landlords can take is one of prevention first. It’s much easier and less expensive to deal with problems before they arise rather than after the fact. 

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December 5, 2019

Services for an Aging Rural Population - Rural Ontario Foresight Papers

The Services of an Aging Rural Population Foresight Paper examines the challenge of service provision in rural communities for an aging population. Rural communities have been facing a gap in services, particularly those important to its older residents, due to the restructuring, downsizing and relocation of rural services to their more-populated urban counterparts.

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November 19, 2019

Access to Quality Medical and Health Services - Rural Ontario Foresight Papers

The Rural Ontario Institute recently released the Rural Ontario Foresight Papers in both English and French. The authors have written brief articles for the ROI blog highlighting the main theme(s) of their Paper.

The 2019 Papers offer an opportunity for rural stakeholders to be informed by the perspectives of these authors and to consider the implications for their own work or their own communities. It is our intent that the Papers help catalyse further dialogue and discussion which in turn may lead to various agencies in civil society, levels of government and/or rural citizens to consider actions or strategies that will improve rural vitality over the long term. 

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February 29, 2020 / Delta Guelph

AALP Dream Auction

Purchase a ticket to the  2020 Dream Auction! The Dream Auction attracts close to 400 of Ontario agriculture’s finest leaders and supports. Purchase a ticket and reconnect with old friends, and meet the next generation of leaders that are participating in the AALP program. For more info and to purchase a ticket, visit

May 27 to 29, 2020 / Guelph Delta

Canadian Rural and Remote Housing and Homelessness Symposium

The Rural Ontario Institute is co-hosting the second Canadian Rural and Remote Housing and Homelessness Symposium with the Alberta Rural Development Network. The Symposium will provide rural Canada with tools, training, and the expertise needed to address the unique and complex issues surrounding homelessness and housing in rural and remote Canada. The Symposium will focus on providing actionable tools and best practices to allow you to continue to make a positive impact in your communities.

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