Growth in number of seniors

The Rural Ontario Institute's highlights for the July Focus are:

  • Different regions have different patterns of aging. Some show a faster increase in the number of seniors and some show a faster increase in the senior dependency ratio (i.e. the number of seniors per person in the working age population),
  • Only four of the 27 non-metro census divisions show growth above the provincial average in both dimensions of aging.


Among the conclusions stand:

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.

Restructuring, Austerity and Inequality in Ontario

New report by the cross-coalition of 90 labour and community organizations named “The Ontario Common Front” shows that Ontario became the toughest province to live and work. The document indicates that by nearly every measure the Ontarians are caught in an economic backslide that is more difficult than in every other province in Canada. This alarming report delivers a warning regarding the erosion of income transfer programs, social programs and an aging population.

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.

Elgin Economic Report Card for Women - 2014

Women’s Economic Security. Elgin St. Thomas Community.Report Card 2014.This Elgin St. Thomas Community Report Card documents the current state of economic well-being for women using indicators that measure economic participation and the resources required for a standard of living that promotes social inclusion. The goal of the report card is to profile economic well-being for women and to highlight efforts underway to promote prosperous communities.

Where are immigrants residing now?

The Rural  Ontario Institute highlights:

  • In 2011, 7% of the residents in non-metro census divisions were immigrants, born outside Canada.

  • In contrast, 40% of the residents in metro census divisions were immigrants.

  • Non-metro census divisions are more likely to have immigrants who arrived before 1971.

  • Non-metro census divisions have fewer immigrants to act as magnets for newcomers or to help new immigrants integrate.