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.
We're Hiring! Project Manager (May 2015 to August 2017)
ROI is seeking a Project Manager for the Rural Community Vitality Measurement Initiative. Please see the related job posting and job description for details. Applications are due by May 1, 2015.
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.
2016 Nuffield Farming Scholarship application now open
The Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust is currently accepting applications for their 2016 program. Three scholarships of $15,000 are available. Application forms can be downloaded from www.nuffield.ca and are due by April 30, 2015.
Infographic: Who does what in the Ontario government?
ROI and three other organizations partnered to bring a look at the Ontario government: an overview of structure, responsibilities, main programs and ideas on how to engage. Thanks to the Ontario Nonprofit Network for making it happen!
The value of non-profits to Ontario
The Ontario Non-Profit Network recently produced an infographic showing that non-profits contribute to vibrant communities thoughout the province. Almost 1 million Ontarians work in a non-profit organization and over 5 million Ontarians provide volunteer service (equalling about 100,000 jobs)! Click on the image to see the full infographic.