Rural Ontario Foresight Papers

The 2019 Rural Ontario Foresight Papers is a collection of six papers on selected themes as prepared by expert authors. 

Each Foresight Paper explores a particular topic in view of the current situation in rural and northern Ontario and looks ahead to what directions various stakeholders, governments or non-profits might follow in order to foster vital rural development in light of the trends and opportunities the authors foresee. The Papers offer an opportunity for rural stakeholders to be informed by the perspectives of these authors and to consider the implications for their own work or their own communities.   

The 2019 topics and authors are: 

  • Rural Labour Force Challenges: Carol Simpson (lead with workforce planning boards of Ontario), Executive Director, Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin
  • Water Quality: Joyce McLean, Professor Seneca College/Environmental Communications Consultant, past member International Joint Commission
  • Access to Quality Medical Services: John C Hogenbirk (lead), Senior Research Associate, Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research; Jennifer Walker, co-author, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health, Laurentian University; Alain Gauthier, co-author, Assistant Professor, Laurentian University
  • Services for an Aging Population: Mark Skinner (lead), Professor and Canada Research Chair in Rural Aging, Health and Social Care, Trent University; Elizabeth Russel, co-author, Assistant Professor, Trent University
  • Infrastructure Financing: First Nation-Municipal Partnerships: Dwayne Nashkawa, Chief Executive Officer, Nipissing First Nation 
  • Energy Use and the Rural Householder: Don Eaton, Advisor, Elora Environment Centre 

The 2017 Rural Ontario Foresight Papers are below:

Included with each of the Papers is a corresponding northern commentary prepared by the Northern Policy Institute

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Watch: David Freshwater gives a brief overview of his paper, Growth Beyond Cities

Watch: Michael Fenn gives a brief overview of his paper, The Impact of Megatrends 

Watch: Tracy Birtch gives a brief overview of her paper, Rural Volunteerism

The Papers were commissioned by the Rural Ontario Institute as part of the Measuring Rural Community Vitality initiative.