Rural Change Makers

The Rural Change Makers program shapes emerging leaders in rural Ontario to lead community development solutions with their communities. Young leaders are critical to the future of Rural Ontario. Their community involvement is key to feeling a sense of belonging, value and relevance. Communities become stronger when youth are leading and making a difference.

This program will help young adults gain confidence and build their preferred futures and their networks to mobilize action with their community. The aim of the program is to: 

  • Provide professional development for young adults
  • Build rural youth leadership capacity
  • Catalyze impactful rural development outcomes for communities and regions
  • Broaden public engagement in rural development initiatives.

2023-2024 Regional Partners

Thank you to our 2023-2024 regional community partners Timmins Youth Wellness Hub, Community Futures Huron  and Opiikapawiin Services LP (OSLP) representing a collective of 24 northern Ontario Indigenous communities.

Community Futures Huron logo.     Opiikapawiin Services LP Logo     Timmins Youth Wellness Hub logo.

Up to 36 motivated young adults, between the ages of 18-35, from across Ontario are selected by application to address community identified priorities in their region.Regional partners set the stage for local youth recruitment to the RCM program, leadership skills training and hyper-local community economic development projects. Regional partnerships have been established with the Timmins Youth Wellness Hub, Community Futures Huron and Opiikapawiin Services LP (OSLP) representing a collective of 24 northern Ontario Indigenous communities. 

As a group, change makers will undertake a learning journey together, participate in a series of developmental learning labs and come together for a face-to-face experiential gatherings supporting them to take action on a challenge/opportunity they have selected in their community. Changemakers will be supported by coaches, mentors, partners and each other.

Are you interested in making a difference in your rural community?

Are you between 18 and 35 and live in rural Ontario? Do you want to be part of a network of Rural Change Makers from across the province?

If you answered yes, we invite you to apply to the 2024 Rural Change Makers program.  

Applications Open May 1, 2024 and close July 1, 2024.



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