Videos & Webinars


Assessing the economic development implications of the pandemic on Ontario's rural communities, from population growth to housing and more.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a significant increase in rural migration, demand for rural housing and rural house prices. The trend is not unique to Ontario and there are reports of similar trends occurring across Canada and the United States. This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss and better understand these trends and their economic development implications.

Representatives from The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, StrategyCorp and Dufferin County will kick-off the workshop with presentations, followed by a discussion on the economic development impacts of the pandemic, with a focus on population and housing trends.

Presentation Slides

Recent Webinars

Stories of Rural Entrepreneurship (2019) 

The Rural Entrepreneurship Case Studies highlight a range of approaches to entrepreneurship programming being implemented in rural communities throughout the province. 

Repurposing Public Space


Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs


Win This Space


Community Demonstration Projects (2019)

Through the Measuring Rural Community Vitality: Community Demonstration Projects, ROI worked alongside three community partners noted above on rural community vitality and well-being projects. These projects go further than the fact-finding, reporting and collection of community well-being indicators - they engage local community members in processes that build capacity for effective action and collaboration. 

Food Security – Prince Edward County



Connecting Families to Services – Middlesex County



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Newcomer Engagement Case Studies (2017)

Summary Report Video

Dufferin County:

Huron County:

Northumberland County:

Youth Engagement Showcase 2015/2016:

Youth Engagement Showcase 2016/2017:

Measuring Rural Community Vitality Initiative