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Third set of Fact Sheets looks at infrastructure assets in rural Ontario

Date: February 17, 2020

With this release of four Fact Sheets we are sharing data from Canada’s Core Public Infrastructure Survey (CCPIS) which was conducted by Statistics Canada in 2017. There is an overview Fact Sheet, which includes information on a broad range of government assets including transit and solid waste facilities, as well as individual Fact Sheets which take a more detailed look at specific subsets.

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Water, Water Everywhere - Rural Ontario Foresight Papers

Date: January 28, 2020

Too much water in the system creates flooding which in turn creates many problems for elected officials.  The most effective approach that both local governments and residential homeowners and landlords can take is one of prevention first. It’s much easier and less expensive to deal with problems before they arise rather than after the fact. 

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Does Comparison of Shifting Occupation Trends in Urban and Rural Employment Tell Us Anything?

Date: December 13, 2019

​The Rural Ontario Institute is publishing Fact Sheets that look at how the share of employment in five occupational skill groups is shifting in selected industry sectors between 2006 and 2016. We contrast the data in three categories of geography: those census divisions with populations entirely in census metropolitan areas; those census divisions whose population is both in metropolitan areas as well as having people in areas outside the commuting zone of large cities or “partially non-metroplitan areas”; and those whose population is wholly non-metropolitan.  

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Services for an Aging Rural Population - Rural Ontario Foresight Papers

Date: December 5, 2019

The Services of an Aging Rural Population Foresight Paper examines the challenge of service provision in rural communities for an aging population. Rural communities have been facing a gap in services, particularly those important to its older residents, due to the restructuring, downsizing and relocation of rural services to their more-populated urban counterparts.

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Third set of Fact Sheets looks at infrastructure assets in rural Ontario

Date: November 25, 2019

The two new Fact Sheets published today look at the changes in the numbers and mix of the workforce reflected in different “skill groups” according to the credentials and qualifications held in 2006 versus 2016.

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Access to Quality Medical and Health Services - Rural Ontario Foresight Papers

Date: November 19, 2019

The Rural Ontario Institute recently released the Rural Ontario Foresight Papers in both English and French. The authors have written brief articles for the ROI blog highlighting the main theme(s) of their Paper.

The 2019 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. It is our intent that the Papers help catalyse further dialogue and discussion which in turn may lead to various agencies in civil society, levels of government and/or rural citizens to consider actions or strategies that will improve rural vitality over the long term. 

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

Date: July 5, 2019

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

Date: May 13, 2019

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

Date: March 18, 2019

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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Guest Blog: Housing models to grow rural communities

Date: January 31, 2019

Planning housing for our changing demographics is a challenge that all municipalities face across the province. We have a growing seniors population and an increasing number of newcomers to Canada making Ontario their home. When adding in the challenges specific to rural communities, such as youth leaving for jobs/education elsewhere and empty-nesters buying up rural properties, you have the recipe for a lack of affordable housing options.

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