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August 2016

Ontario Community Transportation Network launched
The Rural Ontario Institute and the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition
(OHCC), with funding support from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO), have collaborated to develop the Ontario Community Transportation Network (OCTN).

The OCTN will connect individuals, organizations and transportation providers interested in exchanging information, experiences and best practices about community transportation services in Ontario. This new project will help to inform, support, consult and collaborate with community transportation stakeholders across the province.

Network activities include the development of a website, newsletter, directory, listserv, webinars and events. The Ontario Community Transportation Network recognizes the importance of accessible, affordable, and available transportation services for Ontarians. Participation is free and open to anyone. The OCTN welcomes the participation of all community transportation stakeholders.

Interested in joining? Click here.

Norm Ragetlie speaks to AMO delegates
ROI's Director, Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, Norm Ragetlie was part of the Climate Change Going Forward panel at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Ragetlie spoke to AMO delegates about Ontario's cap and trade program and how, if it's done right, the program could benefit rural communities. For that to happen, municipal leaders need to ensure that the flow of investment from the cap and trade program comes back to rural Ontario. Examples of possible program directions were discussed, such as: rural homeowner retrofit program; Intercity mobility - rail/busing; community transportation investment; California-style " impacted communities program."

Real Agriculture interviewed Ragetlie after the presentation, read and/or listen to the interview here.

MRCV Update: Rural Policy Healthy Lens presented at conference

Sheila Schuehlein of Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health, presented the Huron County Healthy Rural Policy Lens to international scholars attending the XIV World Congress of Rural Sociology that was held in early August at Ryerson University.

The Huron County Healthy Rural Lens is a tool that can be used to help policy makers create programs, services and policies that do not adversely affect the well being of the Huron County community. The tool was originally developed as a collaboration between Sustainable Huron and Dr. Wayne Caldwell. Rural Ontario Institute's MRCV project, in partnership with Huron County, will be gathering lessons learned about how the initiative fosters better understanding of rural community vitality.
Exploring Labour Mobility report released
Exploring Labour Mobility and Income Change was developed to respond to a labour mobility data gap by a group of workforce planning boards and local economic development organizations in southwestern Ontario. ROI coordinated the initiative, with provincial funding assistance. The aim of the project is to ascertain the extent to which information concerning the relationship between labour mobility and income change could be seen as both valuable and useful to communities.

The project was planned and organized through a steering committee of partners which included: Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning Board; Four County Labour Market Planning Board; Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie; Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin; Grey County; Hanover; the Corporation of the County of Wellington; South Central Ontario Region Economic Development Corporation; and ROI.

The Rural Ontario Institute facilitated the collaboration among the partners and offered the administrative management for the initiative, while project coordination was provided by Sarah Pelton of the Four County Labour Market Planning Board.

A private sector consultant, Community Benchmarks Inc., prepared and presented labour mobility reports to community stakeholders in four pilot communities, after which participants were invited to ask questions, engage in discussion, and provide feedback about how they believe this data could be used. Between April 26 and May 16, 2016, these four community workshops were held in Grey County, Wellington County, Elgin County, and Brant. The Comprehensive Final Report is the overall summary of findings and identification of common themes arising from the four workshops as to the relevance and value of the information provided. It is intended to be a platform which enables further dialogue among interested provincial ministries, federal departments, and local agencies about enabling access to this sort of data on an ongoing basis.

The report and the project it reflects is an Employment Ontario project, funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Read the Exploring Labour Mobility and Income Change report here.
HR resources for nonprofits is an award-winning platform created to build and share knowledge about the nonprofit labour force and strengthen HR management practices within sector organizations.

The site includes a variety of resources, including labour market information, issues and insights, as well as an HR resource centre. Within the resource centre is the HR Toolkit, a comprehensive online resource designed to help managers, employees and board members better understand, address and manage issues relating to HR in nonprofits.

Originally created by the HR Council for the Non Profit Sector, the HR Council no longer exists as an independent entity. Community Foundations of Canada now hosts the work of the HR Council.

Youth Opportunities Fund accepting applications

The Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF), 2016-17 is now open for grassroots and youth-led organizations to apply for the YOF grant and is the second year it will be available to organizations outside of the GTA. YOF helps grantees work locally to improve outcomes for youth facing barriers to economic, social, and personal wellbeing.

Key dates:
Registration is now open and closes September 14, 2016.
Expression of Interest Applications are due September 28, 2016.
Full Applications are due January 11, 2017.

Information on the YOF and promotion events is on the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s website.

Non-profit funding opportunities
Are you looking for new funding for your non-profit, but unsure where to start? Durham's Local Diversity & Immigration Partnership Council (LDIPC) publishes a monthly newsletter with listings for funding opportunities open to the non-profit sector. While the LDIPC cautions that the list is not exhaustive, the monthly bulletins are a great place to begin your funding search.

Access the August 2016 update here.

Save the Dates

September 13-15, 2016
Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show. Woodstock, Ontario. As Canada's premier outdoor agricultural showcase, the Outdoor Farm Show offers one-stop shopping for farmers and highlights the most innovative and technologically advanced agricultural products and services available.

September 20-24, 2016
International Plowing Match and Rural Expo. Minto, Ontario. The IPM is a showcase of agricultural excellence. This year's theme is: A Fresh Taste of Farming.

September 26-30, 2016
The inaugural Community Change Institute is designed to be a truly transformational learning experience, with the latest information about community change from top speakers, an amazing faculty and over 40 workshops.

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.

September 30-October 12, 2016
ROI/AALP Alumni & Friends Hungary and Romania Tour. AALP alumni and friends of ROI and AALP will explore Hungary and Romania, two of the most scenic, historic and agriculturally bountiful countries in Eastern Europe.

October 4, 2016
Working Sm@rt with Outlook. Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 9:00-4:00 pm, Marden Community Centre, north of Guelph. Learn how to use Outlook as a time and workload management tool and increase personal productivity by over an hour per day. Click here for more info and to register.

October 12-15, 2016
Building Vibrant Rural Futures - Knowledge Mobilization and Informing Policy conference, co-hosted by the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) and the Rural Policy Learning Commons. The conference invites presentations on how community organizations, policymakers, and researchers are mobilizing knowledge to inform policy and build vibrant rural futures.

October 27-30, 2016
Symposium ’16 for Performing Arts in Rural Communities (SPARC). Attracting a broad spectrum of rural performing arts creators, producers and animateurs. Held at the Pinestone Resort & Conference Centre, Haliburton, Ontario.

November 2-3, 2016
Grey County AG 4.0: The Next Big Thing. Focus on the creative technological innovation in agriculture. Register on Eventbrite.

December 1-2, 2016
Pathways to Prosperity Partnership will hold its Fourth Annual Conference at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa. A full-day Preconference Workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

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