Past Projects of Influence


Measuring Rural Community Vitality

Measuring Rural Community Vitality

The Measuring Rural Community Vitality initiative wrapped up in 2017. Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) engaged a number of organizations and municipalities and produced a variety of resources that are now available in the Knowledge Centre section of our website. The initiative was conducted with support of a Ministry of Municipal Affairs Research and Analysis Grant.

For information about Measuring Rural Community Vitality - Phase 2 projects, please click the links below:

Youth Engagement Showcase

The Youth Engagement Showcase features stories of youth taking charge and tackling important issues, highlights the impact youth can have in their communities and demonstrates how different types of rural communities can successfully involve youth in addressing local challenges.

Read about the 2018 Youth Engagement Showcase

Read about the 2017 Youth Engagement Showcase

Watch the 2015/2016 video of two early-bird nominees presenting at the ROMA speaks conference here.

Watch the 2014/2015 videos here.

Municipal Internship Youth Engagement Strategies Program

During the summer of 2019 ROI worked alongside amazing young interns across rural Ontario to explore what communities can do for youth engagement in support of workforce development, mental health, young leaders and strong rural communities. 

Meet the interns!