Ontario, Canada: Engaging Rural Residents

A new initiative in Ontario seeks to find out what “enables or prevents rural residents from participating in their communities”:

The Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario launched Rural Voices Network in April with the goal of collecting 10,000 rural Ontario opinions on what is and isn’t working across the province.

Beginning with a literature review and the formation of an advisory committee, the network then hosted seven public consultations for rural residents to share their point of view.

. . . The project asks community members to discuss the factors that help and hinder their participation in public activities and committees within their communities.

The initiative includes meetings across the province, but acknowledging that sometimes scheduling and attending such meetings may be a barrier to engagement the Institute has also created an online forum and survey.  You can read more here.

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