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A weekly report prepared by the staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). If you require further information, regarding this report, call the Elora Resource Centre at 519-846-0941. Office hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm For technical information, call the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or visit the OMAFRA website:


Rural communities are an essential part of our cultural and economic fabric and our government is committed to ensuring they remain vibrant places where our children can learn, grow, work and play.

That’s why our government is launching the Rural Ontario Leaders Awards, to help celebrate the achievements of those who are dedicated to helping improve the quality of life and economic development of rural Ontario. The Rural Ontario Leaders Awards will recognize and celebrate rural residents, communities, regions, and businesses, who demonstrate leadership in building a stronger rural Ontario.

The awards will also help to raise the awareness of rural Ontario’s ability to foster a competitive and innovative business environment, and help recognize the contribution of rural Ontario to the provincial economy.

One award will be provided in each of the following streams:

- Individual Award (25 years of age and older);

- Individual - Youth (24 years of age and younger);

- Community (municipality or Indigenous community);

- Business; and

- Not-for-profit/non-government organization.

Every two years, this program will recognize outstanding leadership in the area of rural economic development, that support on or more of the following outcomes:

- training and skills development;

- entrepreneurship and local employment

- strong social infrastructure; and

- civic engagement.

Rural residents, communities, businesses and organizations are eligible to apply for an award, and can self-nominate through the application process. An application can also be submitted on behalf of an individual or group. Submit your application on or before Nov. 15 at 5pm  Eastern time, to be eligible.

The Rural Ontario Leaders Program Guide is available at  The Rural Ontario Leaders Awards Application is available at

If you have any questions on the Rural Ontario Leaders Awards program contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or at or visit

Coming events

Oct. 18 - Municipal Agriculture Economic Development and Planning Forum, Country Heritage Park, Milton, Ontario.

For more information, visit or call Paul Bowers at 519-826-3237 or Carolyn Puterbough 705-324-6126.

- Oct. 30 to 31 - Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference, Hilton Fallsview, Niagara Falls, Ontario.  For more information visit


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