Building Vision

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


November 29, 2018

Place does matter: New report highlights needs and unmet needs in rural communities

A new report from the Rural Ontario Institute and Ontario 211 Services highlights many differences in how community members access services across urban, rural and remote regions of Ontario. The report, Analyzing 211 Rural Unmet Service Needs, stems from an initiative to explore 211 Needs and Unmet Needs data at a community level and understand the value of this information for informing planning and investment decisions about programs and services in Ontario.
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November 28, 2018

Where will small towns and rural areas fit in the province’s housing plan?

The Ontario government is developing an action plan with the objective of helping increase the supply of housing in Ontario. To inform the plan, the government is collecting the views of all Ontarians on how to expand the supply of ownership and rental housing in Ontario. ROI encourages rural stakeholders to contribute their ideas, as there are many aspects of such a plan that could be relevant to rural places.

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November 21, 2018

Guest Blog: Not enough funding - no strategy for rural broadband

On November 20th, Canadian Auditor General (AG) Michael Ferguson released his fall 2018 reports. One of these was on rural broadband and he found that the lack of funding led the responsible department to abdicate its leadership for preparing a comprehensive strategy.  The AG’s report centres out the federal department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

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