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Second Rural Ontario Summit on Youth Set for Late June

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Second Rural Ontario Summit on Youth Set for Late June

Ontario will hold its second Rural Ontario Summit, focusing on attracting and keeping youth in Rural Ontario, at the Stratford Rotary Complex in Stratford, Ontario, on June 29.

Entitled "Building the Future," the day-long summit will gather youth ages 15 to 29 from across rural Ontario, along with leaders from municipal government, First Nations and Metis communities and rural businesses, as well as representatives from community organizations.

Leading up to the summit, the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Jeff Leal, has been holding roundtable discussions with mayors and youth across the province on retaining and attracting youth to rural Ontario. Many of the issues discussed at the roundtables have formed the agenda for the day.

The summit will focus on four key themes:

  • Opportunities for Education and Training
  • Creating Jobs and Entrepreneurship
  • Building Strong Social Infrastructure
  • Engaging Youth in Civic Leadership

The summit will feature a variety of speakers and interactive exercises to help youth and community representatives find solutions that enhance the quality of life for rural Ontarians. A trade show will also highlight the many programs and services available for youth in rural Ontario.

Supporting rural Ontario is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part provincial plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quick Facts

  • Interested participants can register to attend online on the summit’s website.
  • Attendees at Rural Ontario Summit 2016 will include youth from various communities and backgrounds; rural municipalities and organizations; service providers; businesses/employers; educators; workforce planning boards; partner ministries; and ministry staff.
  • The province’s first Rural Ontario Summit was held in Cobourg, Ontario in March 2014, its focus was on social and economic infrastructure issues shaping rural Ontario’s future.

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“Through discussions at roundtables I’ve hosted across the province, I’ve had the opportunity to hear youth and community leaders share their ideas for building a strong rural Ontario. This summit will act as a catalyst for engaging youth in their communities and help municipalities, businesses and Ontarians of all ages come together to build the future of rural Ontario.”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“From Stratford to Stirling Falls, youth in rural communities across Ontario face unique circumstances. When we are trying to find out the best ways to serve them, it is important to hear their voices and ideas on how we can provide opportunity close to home. This summit is a great start; by bringing our youth together with business and community leaders, we will find ways to give them the best quality of life.”

Tracy MacCharles

Minister of Children and Youth Services

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