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The Rural Ontario Institute develops leaders, initiates dialogue, supports collaboration and promotes action on issues and opportunities facing rural Ontario.

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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

Youth Migration

ROI Blog

Nov 9, 2015Celebrating leadership with Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

Oct 19, 2015The Federal Liberals Respond to Rural Election Questions

Oct 6, 2015Poorhouse venue shows Centre-Wellington anything but

Oct 5, 2015Intelligent Community Forum Launches New Connected Countryside Crowd-funding Campaign

Oct 2, 2015Rural Economic Development (RED) Program Relaunched


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Community Exchange

Check out the new Community Exchange, your rural Ontario information Centre.

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