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Reports/Rapports : Focus on Rural Ontario - components of population change in rural Ontario

Source: ROI.
This set of fact sheets features information on what accounts for the population declines or growth seen in the different counties and areas of the province.

For example, how many children are being born versus deaths and the numbers of people moving in or out of areas from elsewhere in Canada. The number of immigrants arriving in each partially or fully non-metropolitan Census Division is provided in relation to historic levels. The recent 2012 data provided should be of great interest to the diverse stakeholders working on newcomer attraction and retention. Data is presented on changes in the number of seniors in each area compared to the number of people in the working age population. This “dependency ratio” is very meaningful in reflecting the levels of human or health services needed in particular areas and the proportion of people on fixed incomes.

Based on Statistics Canada data, these easy-to-read fact sheets highlight the changing dynamics of rural Ontario’s population, communities and economies. Many larger public organizations have statistical analysts who can access Statistics Canada data directly. For the many who do not have this capacity, the Rural Ontario Institute commissioned this series to help build understanding of key demographic and economic trends affecting this huge region of our province. The fact sheets separate Statistics Canada information into short, digestible snapshots highlighting fundamental information, in an attempt to make it accessible to all.

We encourage you to forward these Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheets to others within your network that would benefit from this information. We hope you find these, as well as the first set of fact sheets informative! The first Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheets contained key facts and figures on what the geographic boundaries of rural Ontario are and compared county and regional trends with metropolitan areas.

All Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheets can be downloaded from the Rural Ontario Institute website at

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of Ontario in making these fact sheets possible. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me. Detailed inquiries as to statistical sources and definitions can be directed to the author Ray Bollman at

Norman Ragetlie
Director, Policy & Stakeholder Engagement
Rural Ontario Institute
519 826-4204


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