Provincial, Territorial and Federal Governments Met to Discuss Rural Development Approaches​

Provincial, Territorial and Federal Governments Met to Discuss Rural Development Approaches​
Provincial, territorial, and federal government representatives connected in an online meeting to share information about government approaches to rural development across Canada on June 26, 2020. During the meeting, each government shared perspectives on rural development, rural policies, rural programs, and rural priorities. The attendees perceived this discussion as a great tool to connect with other governments from across the country and they are look...

The State of Planning Programs

The State of Planning Programs
COVID-19 has created a series of uncertainties for planning programs across Ontario. On July 17, 2020 the Ontario Professional Planners Institute hosted an online webinar to discuss the state of Ontario’s planning schools during and post-COVID-19. The discussion highlighted how planning programs are adjusting the upcoming fall semester due to COVID-19, the impact to capacity and skill set development for students, and long-term strategies. The discussion f

Congratulations to Recent RPD Graduates!

Congratulations to Recent RPD Graduates!
COVID19 did not prevent a celebration of recent graduates from the Rural Planning and Development program! On July 10, an online gathering celebrated the achievements of recent graduates. It was wonderful to see Louis Helps, Koren Lam, Sarah Parish, Gursewak Singh, and Vinit Yadav recognized for their hard work over the past two years. The gathering included comments from the graduates, Dean of the Ontario College of Agriculture, President of the Ontario P...

Harnessing and Strengthening the Collective Regional Voice

Harnessing and Strengthening the Collective Regional Voice
Communities throughout the world are exploring opportunities to work together towards building regional prosperity. On July 2, 2020, Prof. Ryan Gibson joined local government representatives from the Irish Central Borderland Area Network (ICBAN) to share perspectives and lessons learned from Canadian experiences in cross-border collaboration. Building on research from the Community Collaboration Project, Prof. Gibson shared research on from the Hudson Bay

Rethinking Infrastructure Investments: Supporting Post-Pandemic Rural Recovery and Climate Resilience through Green Infrastructure

Rethinking Infrastructure Investments: Supporting Post-Pandemic Rural Recovery and Climate Resilience through Green Infrastructure
A new publication focused on infrastructure investments to support COVID19 recovery in rural communities was released by the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF). As part of CRRF's Rural Insights on COVID-19 Series, the publication examines how rural communities can employ green infrastructure to address post-pandemic recovery and climate reliance. The report emerges from the Building the Future research initiative funded through the Ontario Agr

Gibson Delivers Invited Lecture at Queen’s University

Gibson Delivers Invited Lecture at Queen’s University
  What is the nexus of regional planning and economic development? What are the key trends impacting the future of regional economic development? Dr. Ryan Gibson shared his perspectives on this nexus with students at Queen's University on March 6. The presentation outlined key trends in economic development, the role of regional planning in economic development, and highlights from current research initiatives.

New Postdoc Fellow to Examine Workforce Development in Rural Ontario

New Postdoc Fellow to Examine Workforce Development in Rural Ontario
Many rural businesses struggle to locate sufficient labour force. Many job vacancies go unfilled. How rural communities and businesses are able to attract and retain workers needed to generate economic development and vitality is a critical question. Lissel Hernandez-Gongora, a new postdoctoral fellow with the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, will examine this issue in partnership with rural communities and businesses. Over the next...

Gibson Shares Innovative Local Economic Development at OGRA

Gibson Shares Innovative Local Economic Development at OGRA
During the recent Vision for a Prosperous Tomorrow Conference hosted by the Ontario Good Roads Association Dr. Ryan Gibson participated in a panel discussion on local and regional economic development strategies. Dr. Gibson was joined on the panel by Kathryn Wood (Eastern Ontario Leadership Council), Elliot Siemiatycki, and Paul Ainslie (Councillor, City of Toronto). Dr. Gibson's contribution highlighted key trends impacting current local and regional eco

OGRA Session Explores Rural Immigration

OGRA Session Explores Rural Immigration
Community leaders from across Ontario convened in Toronto to discuss immigration strategies, challenges, and opportunities for small communities. Nine Rural Planning and Development students facilitated these discussions and will be compiling a summary report in the coming weeks. Building on the recent report Beyond the Big City, the Small Town Forum kicked off with a presentation from report author Dr. Victoria Esses (Western University) highlighting...