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.
Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence
ROI has been honoured as a 2015 Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence winner. This award recognizes two leadership training programs that ROI has developed and delivered across Ontario - BUILD Leadership and the Future Leaders Development Program.
Chair Dean Anderson and Director, Policy and Stakeholder Engagement Norman Ragetlie
Youth Engagement Showcase
Do you know any young leaders tackling important issues in your community? Nominations are now open for ROI’s most recent initiative, the Youth Engagement Showcase. The showcase will profile compelling stories of up to eight engaged rural youth through video documentaries. Nominations will be open until November 27, 2015. Learn more here.
New Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheets available
Migration is generally the most important factor in population change in rural Ontario counties. These fact sheets show that, looking at the balance of people moving in and out, the 27 rural counties in the province experienced a small net population gain due to migration within the province in 2014. However, that gain over the same period was more than offset by a slightly larger net loss in population due to migration from rural counties to other provinces.
Census Division Migration