Building Vision

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


July 5, 2019

What is a “NEET” and why does it matter to rural Ontario?

NEETs are not a new invasive biting insect but a classification used to better understand and describe the employment status of young Canadians. Those classified as “NEET” are those not in employment, education or training. Data from the Labour Force Survey are used to classify young people according to three mutually exclusive categories: young people in education, young people who work and no longer attend school, and young people who are NEETs, that is, not in employment or education.

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May 13, 2019

Guest Blog: “Making Grey Bruce Home” launches virtual information hub and toolkits

“Making Grey Bruce Home” is a project of the United Way Grey Bruce, in partnership with Grey Bruce Welcoming Communities, to develop, test and implement a model for increasing the capacity of rural regions to support the social and economic integration of current and anticipated refugees and vulnerable newcomers. The project is meant to benefit communities that do not have formal coordinated settlement and support services.

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March 18, 2019

Guest Blog: Ontario Health Teams - What Might This Mean for Rural and Northern Ontario?

Ontario's new model for health care, Ontario Health Teams, announced earlier in March, is a significant cultural shift for our health care system explains Suzanne Trivers. Suzanne has worked as a nurse or health system leader in most sectors of health care in her 30+ year career. Having lived and been an active community member in rural Ontario (both north and south), downtown Toronto, Mississauga, Guelph and now Fergus, Suzanne has a broad understanding of the human impacts of health and social services on the health of the people living in Ontario. Suzanne is the inaugural Executive Director of the Mount Forest Family Health Team and the current Board Chair of the Rural Ontario Institute

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November 13 to December 11, 2019 / Webinar Series

Bright Ideas for your Nonprofit

This lunch-time webinar series (with Q&A) will help you get the most out of your Board and staff while growing and sustaining your impact. Hosted by the Rural Ontario Institute and presented by David Hartley of NonProfit Help. Read testimonials from people who have worked with David here.

Webinar recordings will be available for viewing online as often as you like until March 31, 2020".  

Register for the full webinar series and save $50!

November 18, 2019 / Stratford Rotary Complex, Stratford

Homeward: Developing the Missing Middle

ROI is copresenting Homeward: Developing the Missing Middle with with Parkbridge and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. These workshops will look at how communities can provide Missing Middle housing in their towns. Participants will hear presentations from economic development, planning, development industry, and government sectors, and learn about Missing Middle housing in small urban and rural communities. They will gain a more fulsome understanding of Missing Middle housing’s characteristics, and tactics to developing it in their communities. Attendees will also participate in tabletop exercises that will inform a Touchstone report that will be published after the series is complete.

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