Are rural Ontario communities capable of responding to infrastructure pressures and opportunities? How does that capacity – or lack thereof – affect a community’s current and future long-term economic development? Using surveys, workshops, content analysis, and case studies, this research initiative will examine the capacity of different communities in rural Ontario to respond to infrastructure pressures and how these response impact their short and long-term economic well-being. to develop recommendations for addressing these issues through both immediate and long-term policy alternatives.

Communities of all sizes must balance fiscal realities, changing economies, aging infrastructure, changing demographics, and a challenging climate as they work to manage their core infrastructure assets and accommodate and/or address new infrastructure and service demands. This research initiative will directly support rural Ontario’s economic vitality by providing three key benefits: enhanced understanding of the diversity and varying levels of rural community capacities, improved and more nuanced public policy, and enhanced rural infrastructure development programming. This research initiative directly addresses priorities identified in the 2017-2018 OMAFRA Research Themes and Priorities under the theme of Infrastructure and Rural Economic Development.

Funding

This project is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs under the UoG-OMAFRA Research Program.

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Research Team

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Sarah Breen
Sarah Breen

Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation

Scott Bulter
Scott Bulter

Ontario Good Roads Association

Ryan Gibson
Ryan Gibson

Associate Professor and Libro Professor of Regional Economic Development

Koren Lam
Koren Lam

Master of Science in Rural Planning and Development Student

Sheri Longboat
Sheri Longboat

University fo Guelph

Sean Markey
Sean Markey

Simon Fraser University

Megan Reynolds
Megan Reynolds

Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure

Jillian Soule
Jillian Soule

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Karla Uliana
Karla Uliana

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Ashleigh Weeden
Ashleigh Weeden

PhD in Rural Studies Student

Matthew Wilson
Matthew Wilson

Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure