The Rural Ontario Institute received a response from the Liberals to the questions we sent to each of the four main parties. 

This guest blog provided by Dr. Hazel Lynn, Medical Officer of Health, Grey-Bruce Health Unit

Generally, rural residents of Canada are less healthy than their urban counterparts. They have higher overall mortality rates and shorter life expectancies and are at elevated risk for death from injuries such as motor vehicle collisions and suicide. They are also disadvantaged for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. - Canadian Institute for Health Information

The site of Canada’s oldest remaining ‘poorhouse’ was the venue for a unique announcement this morning. The Wellington County Museum built in 1877 as a government run House of Industry (AKA poorhouse) hosted the launch event for “Vital Signs – Centre Wellington 2015”. Vital Signs is a ten-year old nation-wide community assessment program led by Community Foundations of Canada. This is the first Vital Signs assessment for Centre-Wellington and people from across the region packed Aboyne Hall to witness the release of the inaugural Vital Signs report.


The U.S. based Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) announced the launch of a crowd-funding campaign for its New Connected Countryside project. For rural Ontarians the campaign is a reminder of a critical issue for the future of rural communities and one not getting as much air time in the federal election as it likely deserves.

The Ontario government announced it has renewed the RED program and is receiving applications again. Through the cost-share program rural communities, businesses and organizations can receive funding to help attract investment, create jobs, and boost tourism.