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.
Agriculture and agri-food makes up a large part of the local economy and make up 12 per cent of all jobs in Ontario. Worktrends.ca 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: http://goo.gl/4cF4O4
This sector report it the first in a series of reports available on Worktrends.ca. 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.
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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.
The mobility of labour force is an issue of concern for most communities, urban or rural. Economic growth depends on communities’ capability of attracting skilled and knowledgeable workers. Little information and research effort has been allocated to study migration at this level of geography.
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.
The Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) has been refining its new municipal partnerships in rural communities across Ontario for its initiative named Measuring Rural Community Vitality (MRCV). The overall aim of the project is to share and build rural community capacity and and encourage civic engagement.
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.