Danika Hammond Successfully Defends MSc Thesis

Danika Hammond Successfully Defends MSc Thesis
Congratulations to Danika Hammond for successfully defending her Master of Science (Planning) thesis - Advancing Economic Development in Small and Remote Rural communities; A Convergent Mixed-Methods Study of Provincial Rural Policy in British Columbia! Stay tuned for an electronic copy of the thesis! Thank you to Dr. Sarah-Patricia Breen (Selkirk College), Dr. Patrick Brouder (Thompson River University), and Dr. Dave Guyadeen (University of Guelph) for...

Embedding Wealth in Rural Communities

Embedding Wealth in Rural Communities
On 27 November 2023, Ryan Gibson share research on embedding wealth in rural Canadian communities at the International Association of Community Development's Researcher Forum. The presentation explored how rural and small communities can benefit from existing wealth to build their futures. Insights from community wealth building experiences from rural Canada were be shared, focusing on lessons learned, impacts, and transferability. A copy of the presentati...

Measuring the Urban Exodus: Statistics Canada Data Trends in Rural Ontario

Measuring the Urban Exodus: Statistics Canada Data Trends in Rural Ontario
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a visible migration of urban populations into rural communities. A new research initiative is examining the migration trends taking place in Ontario and their impact on rural communities, economies, and environments. As a part of the Urban Exodus: Understanding the Impacts of Migration to Rural Ontario as a Result of the COVID-19 Pandemic initiative, a set of research insights have been developed by gra

Exploring the Rural Research Landscape across Ontario

Exploring the Rural Research Landscape across Ontario
​The Rural Futures project at the University of Guelph is on a mission to promote the impactful research work happening in Ontario, particularly as it relates to rural people, places, and the environment. As an initiative aimed at promoting rural-focused research by students and faculty, Rural Futures is committed to making these outputs accessible to everyone. Through our dynamic new directory, Rural Futures is shining a spotlight on the diverse resear

New Report on Rural and Northern Ontario Airports

New Report on Rural and Northern Ontario Airports
The COVID-19 pandemic created fluctuations in flight service, both nationally and internationally. Over the past months, researchers have investigated the changes in scheduled flight services in rural and northern Ontario. To gain a greater depth of understanding of these changes, an inventory was created based on information collected from 66 Northern Ontario Airports. The new report creates an inventory of Northern Ontario airports. The information colle...
  During Day 3 of the Rural Policy Twitter Conference three contributions were shared from researchers focused on the digital divide (Ashleigh Weeden and Wayne Kelly), barriers for newcomers to access recreation services for children (Niva Shrestha), and the role of rural community leaders (Norm Ragetlie and Lissel Hernandez Gongora). Check out the Twitter presentations below: https://twitter.com/ashleighweeden/status/1405510790996578312?s=20

Highlights from Day 2 of the ICRPS Rural Policy Twitter Conference

Highlights from Day 2 of the ICRPS Rural Policy Twitter Conference
  During Day 2 of the Rural Policy Twitter Conference two contributions were shared from researchers on workforce development and housing (Victoria Agyepong) and community investment programs (Alex Petric and Ryan Gibson). Check out the Twitter presentations below: https://twitter.com/VicInnovates/status/1405202528048975879?s=20 https://twitter.com/alectric91/status/1405158640764473346?s=20 The Rural Policy Twitter conference continues unt

Global Pandemic, Local Impacts – Webinar on International Perspectives on COVID19

Global Pandemic, Local Impacts – Webinar on International Perspectives on COVID19
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a catalyst for significant change at a rapid pace. Rural communities across the world have pivoted to address both the short-term and long-term implications for rural people, rural economies, and rural landscapes. Prof. Ryan Gibson joined a panel discussion hosted by the International Comparative Rural Policy Consortium examining three rural regions and their responses to COVID-19. The webinar share experiences of how  rural

ICRPS Rural Policy Twitter Conference

ICRPS Rural Policy Twitter Conference
From June 15-18, rural development practitioners, researchers, and policy analysts from across North America and Europe will share rural policy initiatives through a Twitter conference! Over this period, researchers from Guelph will share a number of research updates. Anyone can follow the conference through the Twitter hashtag #icrps2021. Research contributions from Guelph will include: Beyond City Limit (ations): Place-Based Innovation in Rural Canada...

Facilitating Economic Development through Place-Based Investments

Facilitating Economic Development through Place-Based Investments
Alex Petric and Ryan Gibson recently published an article in the Ontario Professional Planners Institute's Y Magazine sharing lessons learned from across Canada on facilitating rural economic development through place-based investments. The publication examines six community investment fund programs operating across Canada: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. The research explores how these progra...