Introduction

In light of the upcoming federal election this survey is an opportunity for you to share the most important priorities for the rural Ontario community you are most familiar with. This "snapshot" will help the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) formulate questions for local federal candidates and their parties.

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* 1. What part of Ontario are you from?

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* 2. Are you an employee or affiliated with any one of the following organization types....

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* 3. A range of concerns are listed below crossing a spectrum of economic, environmental and social matters. On a scale of 1 to 5 rank each concern regarding how much of a priority this matter should have with respect to the rural communities you are most familiar with. A ranking of 1 signifies you believe it is of the highest priority and a ranking of 5 suggests it is currently a relatively low priority. Select N/A if you believe the matter is not a concern that currently needs attention. ROI will formulate "questions of rural importance" for federal candidates and parties based on the top ranked priorities.

  1 Highest Priority 2 3 4 5 Lowest Priority N/A Doesn't require any attention
Labour force development - workforce skills shortages
Managing lake levels - Great Lakes agreements
Developing local food systems
Youth out-migration/retention
Addictions and/or mental illness
Nuclear energy and waste disposal
Access to quality medical services nearby
Financing for infrastructure (local sewer/water and roads)
Access to childcare
Volunteerism/civic engagement, capacity of non-profits
Species at risk/loss of biodiversity
Invasive species
Tourism promotion
Services for aging population: aging in place/home care/housing
Performance of key sectors - e.g manufacturing sector competitiveness/productivity
Newcomer attraction/retention
Climate change - fossil fuel reduction
Business support - access to capital, incubators, succession, entrepreneurship
Poverty and income disparity
Access to post-secondary education/training
Health promotion, active living and availability of recreational opportunities
Movement of goods: investment in rail, harbours, airports, highway infrastructure
Intergovernmental transfers for health care
Protecting parks and wilderness
Climate change - adaptation
Support for primary industries e.g. mining, farming, forestry
Availability of community data (e.g. census or labour force survey)
Improving public transportation services
Resource management policies - e.g fracking, tax credits
Youth employment/underemployment
Water quality in lakes, streams, rivers
Success of international/inter-provincial trade deals
Water quantity/supply for drinking, irrigation
Food security
Housing affordability
Renewable energy production - e.g. wind, solar
Regulatory burden on the private sector
First Nations - improved education, health and social services
Electoral reform
Farmland loss/protection
Improved broadband services - higher speed, wider access
Protection of ag. supply management in trade negotiations
Crime - law enforcement
Municipal financial stability (intergovernmental transfers and/or taxation powers)
Other - please explain below...

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