Introduction

In light of the upcoming provincial election this survey is an opportunity for you to share the most important priorities for the rural Ontario community with which you are most familiar. This snapshot will help the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) formulate questions we will send to each of the main parties and that you might download and use with your local provincial candidates.

* 1. What part of Ontario are you from?

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

* 3. A range of concerns are listed below crossing a spectrum of economic, environmental and social matters. On a scale of 1 to 5, please rank each concern based on how much of a priority this matter should be with respect to the rural communities with which you are most familiar. A ranking of 1 signifies you believe it is of the highest priority and a ranking of 5 signifies 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 the main parties based on the top-ranked priorities. These questions will also be made available on our website so they can be used by rural citizens in their discussions with local candidates.

  1 Highest Priority 2 3 4 5 Lowest Priority N/A Doesn't require any attention
Newcomer attraction/retention - settlement integration
Labour force development - addressing workforce skills shortages
Climate change - fossil fuel reduction
Cost of energy 
Impact of new provincial labour standards on SMEs - e.g. minimum wage increases
Financing for infrastructure (local sewer/water and roads)
Access to quality medical services nearby
Youth out-migration/retention
Volunteerism, capacity of non-profits
Services for an aging population: home care/aging in place/care giver support
Developing local food systems
Food security
Housing affordability - housing quality
Regional centralization of medical procedures - reduction in services in smaller hospitals
Support for primary industries e.g. mining, farming, forestry
Species at risk/loss of biodiversity 
Civic engagement/health of democratic institutions 
Protection of ag. supply management in NAFTA trade negotiations
Access to childcare
Climate change - adaptation
Business ownership succession 
Poverty and/or income disparity
Support for regional development - e.g. place-based development policy framework
Land use planning - growth and settlement policies, containing sprawl
Protecting parks and wilderness
Nuclear energy and waste disposal
Renewable energy production - e.g. wind, solar
First Nations - improved health and social services, sanitation, education
Performance of key sectors - e.g manufacturing sector competitiveness/productivity
Long term care facilities - availability of beds in the region
Quality of recreation and cultural services - e.g. public libraries
Health promotion, active living 
Water quantity/supply for drinking, irrigation
Success of international/inter-provincial trade deals - e.g. NAFTA
School closures - provincial funding formulas and Pupil Accommodation Review Process policies  
Invasive species
Municipal financial stability (level of intergovernmental transfers and/or capacity of local tax base)
Access to post-secondary education/training
Improving public transportation services
Addictions and/or mental illness
Farmland loss/protection
Resource management policies - e.g fracking, forestry management
Water quality in lakes, streams, rivers
Improved broadband services - higher speed, wider access
Homelessness and hidden homelessness
Tourism promotion
Crime - law enforcement
Youth employment/underemployment
Cap and Trade Program - use of revenue from carbon reduction
Movement of goods: investment in rail, harbours, airports, highway infrastructure
Other - please explain below...

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