Increase engagement and community involvement in your project!

Whether you want to start a group, join a group, canvas your community for input, become a member or get inspired! ROI Connect was created just for you!

Rural Ontario Institute Connect

A meeting of the minds

Welcome to the Rural Ontario Institute’s new engagement platform, an exciting new online gathering place for rural Ontarians. ROI Connect is a place for rural folks to connect, collaborate, inspire and create! A meeting place where ideas are born, change is inspired, new connections made and community voice is celebrated!

A gathering place
  • Create or join a group
  • Discuss issues of importance to your community
  • Discover opportunities for collaboration
  • Build knowledge resources
  • Canvas your Community for input
  • Mobilize change in your community
  • Celebrate successes



Not a member yet?


ROI is pleased to announce Class 20 of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP). This program is an 18-month experiential executive leadership program for those who want to shape the future of the agriculture and food industry and make a positive difference in rural communities across Ontario.

Rural Housing System

The Rural Ontario Institute (ROI), Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) and IT firm, Itergy, are partnering to address a housing shortfall in Eastern Ontario through the creation of an innovative digital tool that will support municipalities in the planning and construction of new affordable housing.

Rural Change Makers

ROI is excited to announce the official launch of the 3rd Rural Change Makers program. Up to 36 motivated young adults, between the ages of 18-35, have been selected from across Ontario to mobilize action around issues important to their communities. Together these leaders will begin their learning journey.


Have community project you want to share? Let ROI Connect can help you reach into your community and connect with the people and challenges that matter most in your hometown.

We invite you to get in touch with us about becoming a partner!

How to Participate

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After registering you will receive a confirmation email

After registering to join the community you will receive a confirmation email verifying your account. Once a member we encourage you to explore our community groups. Go ahead and get involved! Get Inspired! Make new connections!

Interested in sharing a community project? We invite you to share your project details with us and become a project partner. Learn more