Youth employment strategy in rural Ontario

The Rural Ontario Institute will host a forum on February 11 in Brantford, which will explore the challenges and solutions to overcome rural youth unemployment. In attendance will be: regional economic development agencies, employers, and youth and non-profit organizations. The forum is co-hosted by the Workforce Planning board of Grand Erie and South Central Ontario Region Economic Development Corporation.

According to a press release, Norman Ragetlie, Director of Policy and Stakeholder Engagement at the Rural Ontario Institute said, “Many stakeholders are sharing concerns about youth returning to rural communities after education and being unable to find meaningful employment. Meanwhile, we hear about rural businesses unable to attract young talent with the right skills. This forum will give organizations in the region an opportunity to share what they know about this issue and the opportunity to discuss ways they can respond.”

The forum will consist of presentations by experts, followed by small group discussions to identify barriers and challenges. The information collected from this forum will be compiled into a report that will be shared with policy makers at all levels of government as well as to the public.

The forum will take place at the Brant Park Inn & Conference Centre in Brantford on Tuesday February 11 from 10am-2pm. Seating is limited and registration is required:

For more information, you can contact Arlene Warner, Manager of Communications and Fund Development: Rural Ontario Institute at 519-826-4204, ext 223 or by email at

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