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Subscriber Bulletin JANUARY 2016
Focus on Rural Ontario Fact Sheets

We are pleased to share the fifth set of Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheets for 2015 and hope you find them informative. A look at income levels and trends in rural Ontario tells a mixed story with both good and bad news. Tracking income levels is important because it is directly linked to household spending, a key driver of economic growth. Income levels also help us understand how many people may be living in poverty and whether that is getting better or not. Comparing differences between urban and rural geographies across Ontario helps support the ongoing development of government programs and services that effectively recognize and address the unique situations facing these different geographies.
Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheets are based on Statistics Canada data and are part of a series that profile key facts and figures on rural socio-economic trends such as population change, migration patterns, income/education and employment. All Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheets are available for download here.

Youth Engagement Showcase Update
The Youth Engagement Showcase is well underway. We have received 44 nominations from across Ontario, and our selection committee has chosen 4 of these nominations to be profiled through short video documentaries. We will begin the filming process in the weeks and months to come. All of the nominations were strong, and it is encouraging to see these individuals being recognized and valued by their community. Various news outlets have also picked up on some of the nominees’ stories and have been featuring their stories in their local publications. We will be profiling different nominees on our blog, so stay tuned!

Municipal Councillor Profile Project Update
At the 2016 OGRA/ROMA Combined Conference, ROI will be sharing the findings of the recently completed Municipal Councillor Profile and initiating a dialogue with workshop participants. This workshop will take place on Monday, February 22, 2016 from 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Click here for more information about the conference.
Save the Dates

January 25, 2016
Symposium on the Maturing Workforce to be held in Ottawa, ON – 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. Cost for this workshop is $99 per person. The program for farm producers will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Quality Inn in Woodstock, ON on February 17th, 2016. For more information or to register for this event, here.

February 18 and April 26, 2016
Time and Priority Management with Outlook Workshop – The Rural Ontario Institute and is offering a day long productivity training workshop on Microsoft Outlook at the Marden Community Centre in Guelph, ON 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.

February 20, 2016
Tickets are now on sale for the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP) Dream Auction to be held at the Delta Guelph Hotel. For more information, visit

September 28-30, 2016

R2R: Rural Talks to Rural – Rural innovators will gather to share success stories, examine the challenges of rural development in general and specific terms, and add tools to the toolbox that contribute to making rural communities stronger. Speakers and panelists will have demonstrated a rural commitment, will have tackled a rural issue, and will have successfully problem-solved in moving the rural story forward. Click here for more information.

October 12-15, 2016
Save the Date! The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation conference will be held in Guelph, ON, co-hosted by CRRF and the Rural Policy Learning Commons. More details will soon be available here.
Reading of Interest
  1. The Workforce Planning Boards of Western, Eastern and Northern Region are launching the 2016 Employer One Survey in January. The survey is an annual project designed to help provide meaningful demand-side labour market information. Employers are encouraged to participate to provide data to local business support agencies. The survey will be open from January 2 to 31, 2016.
  2. Farm & Food Care Ontario has released the 2016 Faces of Farming calendar. This annual calendar showcases the farmers that produce Ontario food, and highlights the passion they have for agriculture. For more information or to view the calendar, click here.

  3. The Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade has released an overview of the new Ontario Volunteer Action Plan, found here. The goal of this plan is to strengthen and energize Ontario’s vital volunteer base and to ensure that our diverse and valued volunteer base remains the cornerstone of Ontario’s vibrant communities.

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