Building Vision

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


August 23, 2016

Guest blog: Schools as Anchors for Rural Community Vitality

Because of the small number of students in the schools in the Northern Bruce Peninsula, residents have felt under the threat of school closures for many years.  In 2014, a citizens' group, the Peninsula Action Committee for Education (PACE), was formed to be proactive in seeking out creative solutions for education that meets the needs of our municipality. PACE has since partnered with the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula to undertake a community project that will develop a growth mindset around the issue.

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August 17, 2016

News Release - Ontario Community Transportation Network Launched

The Rural Ontario Institute and the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition (OHCC), with funding support from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO), have collaborated to develop the Ontario Community Transportation Network (OCTN). The OCTN will connect individuals, organizations, and transportation providers interested in exchanging information, experiences and best practices about community transportation services.
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August 10, 2016

Open Government - Let's Contribute Rural Voices!

The Ontario government is inviting Ontarians to submit ideas on how to make Ontario the most open and digitally connected government in Canada. This is an opportunity to communicate about what can make the government’s transparency aspirations real – we urge you to contribute your rural voice!



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October 4, 2016 / Marden Community Centre

Working Sm@rt Using MS Outlook

Receive practical hands-on skills instruction to help you absorb proven techniques for a total time-management solution. You will learn how to integrate communications, tasks, activities, planning and apply the WorkingSm@rt® method using Microsoft Outlook.

For more information, and to register, click here.

October 23 to 26, 2016 / Toronto, ON

AALP Class 16 Seminar 6

Theme: Provincial/State Political Process, Urban Society & Media

January 15 to 17, 2017 / Niagara Falls, ON

AALP Class 16 Seminar 7

Theme: Making Your Case and Modeling Leadership

April 6 to 8, 2017 / London, ON

WM. A Stewart Lecture & Reception

Details to be announced.

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