Newcomer Engagement and Social Capital in Rural Communities

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Newcomer Engagement and Social Capital in Rural Communities

How can your municipality support and engage newcomers to build social capital in rural communities? Join the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) and municipal speakers to discuss programs, policies and activities that engage newcomers in their communities.

ROI linked up with three rural counties to gather experiences surrounding Newcomer Engagement and Social Capital. The summary report and community case studies the project produced document the views and experiences of local stakeholders regarding civic engagement and social capital generated with and by newcomers in Northumberland, Dufferin and Huron counties. The report identified four areas that rural regions can focus on to support newcomers:

  1. Provide intentional community leadership
  2. Reduce system barriers
  3. Build relationships
  4. Develop robust support systems

Click here for more ROI reports.

Who should attend:

Rural municipalities interested in newcomer engagement programs, activities and outcomes. Community organizations working with newcomers may also find this webinar beneficial.

What you can expect:

  • Learn about the information and resources generated through the initiative and get an overview of trends in immigrant settlement numbers in rural Ontario areas
  • Hear about practical experiences from other municipalities
  • Discuss challenges and barriers


  • Norman Ragetlie, Acting CEO, Rural Ontario Institute
  • Kristin Crane, Immigration Partnership Project Manager, Economic Development, Huron County
  • Dan Borowec, Director, Economic Development and Tourism, Northumberland County
  • Anna MacGregor, Community and Social Services, Dufferin County (TBC)

Municipal Exchange is a free webinar series hosted by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Ministry of Housing

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