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Proposed Amendments to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe - Input Needed

Date: January 21, 2019

The provincial government has introduced proposed policy changes to provincial planning directions that govern municipal planning documents and decisions within the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The intent is to establish a new framework that will be more permissive and allow more land to be developed for commercial and industrial purposes (i.e., employment land) or residential uses.

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Where will small towns and rural areas fit in the province’s housing plan?

Date: November 28, 2018

The Ontario government is developing an action plan with the objective of helping increase the supply of housing in Ontario. To inform the plan, the government is collecting the views of all Ontarians on how to expand the supply of ownership and rental housing in Ontario. ROI encourages rural stakeholders to contribute their ideas, as there are many aspects of such a plan that could be relevant to rural places.

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Guest Blog: Not enough funding - no strategy for rural broadband

Date: November 21, 2018

On November 20th, Canadian Auditor General (AG) Michael Ferguson released his fall 2018 reports. One of these was on rural broadband and he found that the lack of funding led the responsible department to abdicate its leadership for preparing a comprehensive strategy.  The AG’s report centres out the federal department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

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Rollback of Rural Broadband Availability Being Considered – Rural People Should Speak Up!

Date: September 21, 2018

The federal government is considering a proposal that would limit Internet services from hundreds of thousands of rural Canadian households in favour of providing enhanced coverage in urban areas.

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Guest Blog: Why Ontario Needs a Rural & Remote Immigrant Nominee Pilot

Date: May 4, 2018

The Northern Policy Institute (NPI) is advocating for an Immigration Pilot Program for rural and northern Ontario. NPI's President and CEO, Charles Cirtwill, has provided a guest blog outlining the how similar programs in other provinces could be tailored to fit the needs of rural and northern Ontario.

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NDP responds to election questions

Date: May 1, 2018

The Ontario NDP is the first provincial party to respond to the Rural Priorities Election Questions.

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Provincial Election Questions for Parties and Candidates

Date: March 28, 2018

The Rural Ontario Institute has prepared 10 questions of importance to rural Ontario for the upcoming provincial election based on priorities from our recent Rural Priorities survey.

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Guest Blog: My experience as an intern with the Rural Ontario Institute

Date: March 22, 2018

Lissel Hernandez-Gongora, an international PhD student at the University of Guelph, shares her experience as an intern with the Rural Ontario Institute. 

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Guest Blog: Engaging Newcomers an Important Way to Address Rural Labour Force Skills Gaps

Date: March 1, 2018

TVO's The Agenda delves into the issue of attracting newcomers to northern and rural communities. 

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Rural Ontario Institute presents to Minister of Finance

Date: February 8, 2018

The Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) recently presented to the Minister of Finance as part of pre-budget consultations being held across the province.

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