Subscriber bulletin September 2015
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Focus on Rural Ontario
In case you missed it the first set of Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheets for 2015 were released in August.  The theme of the set is demographics. Download the documents here:
Size and Change of Non-metro Population
Components of Population Change
Immigrant Arrivals in 2014 
The three reports received wide recognition from the media. News outlets such as CTV and the London Free Press covered the issue of the changing population and speculated on the implications of rural-urban trajectories.
The Rural Ontario Institute is pleased to see discussion of rural concerns in the mainstream media and will continue to publish rural socio-economic information to help Ontarians build a better understanding of these key trends. Upcoming Focus on Rural Ontario themes in 2015 will include: migration by age, employment structure and trends, employment performance by sector, income structure and change, and volunteering and philanthropy. All of the fact sheets, including the full set of 2013 and 2014 topics, are available here.
Rural Municipal Councillor Profile
As part of the broader Measuring Rural Community Vitality initiative we currently have a project exploring municipal leadership succession. We are looking at who is running for office, who is currently elected and what challenges candidates are facing in seeking public office and in carrying out their day-to-day responsibilities once elected.  With the assistance of AMO, MMAH, ROMA and AMCTO we have examined recent electoral results, connected with councillors and are now wrapping up the collection of data for this initiative.  To date, over 30 interviews and 5 focus groups have gathered the perspectives of councillors, mayors, clerks and CAO’s from across Ontario.  We are hosting a meeting at the Ontario East Municipal Conference, to gather more feedback on municipal leadership succession. If you are interested in sharing your own story, please get in touch with the project lead, Ryan Deska:  or 519-826-4204.
Leadership Development
Class 16 of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP) has been selected and will begin their leadership journey on September 20, 2015 at their first seminar in Guelph, Ontario. This new group of twenty-six emerging leaders in Ontario’s agriculture and agri-food industry will leverage the experiences and knowledge gained from AALP to effectively lead the communities of tomorrow. The complete list of Class 16 participants can be found here.
Rural Concerns in the Federal Election
With the federal election campaigns well under way, the Rural Ontario Institute has prepared a set of questions that correspond to the top ten priorities from our recently completed survey from rural and small town Ontarians. We’ve invited each of the four main federal parties to respond to the questions with respect to their party’s platform. We have received a response from the NDP party, and have posted their answers here.
Of Interest
  • State of Rural Canada Report – The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) released the State of Rural Canada Report on September 17th, 2015. The final report can be found here.
  • Nuffield Canada 2016 Scholars – On September 8th, 2015, Nuffield Canada announced it’s 2016 Scholar recipients – Tony Balkwill (Paris, Ontario), Clare Doan (Norwich, Ontario) and Tim Smith (Coronation, Alberta). For more information on these individuals and the Nuffield Canada scholarship program, click here.
Upcoming Events
September 22 to 26, 2015
International Plowing Match & Rural Expo – The Ontario Plowmen’s Association is once again hosting the International Plowing Match in Finch, Ontario. This is the largest show of its kind in North America, spreading across 1,000 acres of farmland and an average attendance of over 75,000 each year. Get your tickets and more information here.
September 28, 2015 to October 2, 2015
Collective Impact Summit Conference –The Collective Impact group will come together in Vancouver, British Columbia to discover new ways to leads, engage, and transform communities by tackling the complex issues. Information on the summit can be found here. Also, be sure to check out the Rural Ontario Institute’s blog post about the most recent Collective Impact workshop, held in Orangeville, Ontario last month.
September 30, 2015
National Agriculture Leaders Debate – Click here for more information.
October 6, 2015
Time and Priority Management with Microsoft Outlook Workshop – The Rural Ontario Institute and is offering a day long productivity training workshop on Microsoft Outlook at 7368 County Road 30, Guelph, Ontario from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For the cost of $595, you will learn how to focus on your priorities, how to communicate more effectively and how to fulfill and coordinate your commitments, all of which will contribute to a measurable increase in productivity. Lunch and refreshments included. Discounts available for groups of 3 or more. More information can be found here. To register, contact Andrew Sherwood at or 905-990-0650.
October 9, 2015
Public Health Ontario Workshop/Webinar for Environmental Elements in Rural Communities - Built environment elements on healthy eating, physical activity and health equity in rural, remote and northern communities: A scoping review. Attend in person at 480 University Ave, Suite 300 Toronto, ON or via webinar from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. To register, click here.
October 19, 2015
Canadian Federal Election – Click here for voter information.
October 28 to 29, 2015
Municipal Agriculture Economic Development Forum – Click here for more information.
January 26, 2016 and February 17, 2016
Challenge the Conversation Workshops – The Agri-Food Management Institute is offering a one-day program for attendees to learn the knowledge and skills required to effectively engage in every conversation – and to get the best results. This highly interactive workshop will have two events aimed at specific audiences, agriculture processors and farm producers. Cost for this workshop is $99 per person.
  • The program for agriculture processors will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, Ontario on January 26th, 2016. For more information or to register for this event, click here.
  • The program for farm producers will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Quality Inn in Woodstock, Ontario on February 17th, 2016. For more information or to register for this event, here.
ROI subscribers are welcome to send in any upcoming events/notices that could be of interest to the rest of the community. Please send information to and we may share it in the e-newsletter next month.
Stay Connected!
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Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation: @CRRF_FCRR
Nuffield Canada: @NuffieldCanada
Ontario Nonprofit Network: @o_n_n
Rural Ontario Municipal Association: @ROMA_Ont
Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program: @AALP
Rural Ontario Institute: @ROInstitute
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