Middlesex County Rural Guide - June 2015 Edition

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) - London Resource Centre - released  the Middlesex County Rural Guide - June 2015 Edition. As the document's hosting site (Middlesex County) indicates, the guide provides "one-stop location for the contacts you may need on a regular basis" regarding agricultural, food  and environmental related government and community resources.

Facts About Agriculture Employment

Agriculture and agri-food makes up a large part of the local economy and make up 12 per cent of all jobs in Ontario. has recently released an Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector Report which shows the economic impact of the sector on the national, provincial and local economy of Elgin Middlesex Oxford.  The report also highlights the employment characteristics and trends in traditional agriculture.  For an infographic summary:

Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector Report - May, 2014

This sector report it the first in a series of reports available on It investigates the current state of the Agriculture and Agri-food sector for various geographical entities: starting with Canada, refining further to Ontario, and finally reducing the scope to Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford (EMO) counties. The study progresses through a series of topics such as: economic performance (contribution to the GDP), industrial structure (employers and non-employers), employment (demographics, employment, composition, productivity), and brief forecasting.

Agri-Business, Resources for Middlesex



Middlesex County is a Canadian leader in agribusiness. The County is home to top-quality food producers and other agricultural operations, a centre of excellence for innovative farming science, food processing, research and development, technical expertise, and the tools and services needed for efficient and effective farming and agribusiness operations. 

Rural income trends

In the second part of December of 2015, the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) made available its fifth set of Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheets informing us about the non-metro household income levels and trends. The observed upward trend in the median non-metro household income levels in the past fifteen years is pleasant news, however a large portion of this growth happened before the 2008-2009 recession.

Migration and rural communities

In October 2015, the Rural Ontario Institute has made available a new set of the “Focus on Rural Ontario” fact sheets regarding migration in and out the rural communities. Migration is a key component of the population growth and has numerous implications on labour force shortages or surpluses in any community. Therefore these facts are useful for any decision makers and planners in the community.