Teeny Tiny Summit Goes Virtual! Big Ideas for Small Places: A celebration and Exploration of Small-Town Possibilities


In 2020, Teeny Tiny Summits will be moving to a virtual format featuring a series of three webinars. The virtual Teeny Tiny webinars will shine a light on creative ideas and people in small communities that have made the most of the past few months. The webinar series will be sharing ideas and actions from community leaders in small communities of all kinds for informative and inspiring sessions.

The webinars will be 1.5 hours long and will include community development stories from small places throughout the province, and opportunities to connect virtually and learn from other participants. Much of the content is focused on what can be accomplished by volunteers working together with municipalities. In small places, volunteers are a critical part of economic development. Teeny Tiny Summits started in 2016, and since that time, there have been many sessions throughout Ontario, with over 1300 attendees in total. This is the first time Teeny Tiny Summits will be delivered through a virtual format.

“Teeny Tiny Places” have a few common qualities; they tend to be small rural communities with village centres that have populations under 1000. Villages often do not have water and wastewater infrastructure. The communities lack dominant economic drivers, and tend not to have paid, dedicated economic development staff at the lower tier level.  Despite these challenges, Teeny Tiny Places have many unique assets and opportunities to better their communities and achieve their goals. The Teeny Tiny “movement” began in response to a lack of economic development resources targeted to places with these characteristics and has been driven by the energy and dedication of people who are committed to their small communities.

2016 Population Density of Census Subdivisions in Ontario. Yellow and light orange areas are Teeny Tiny Places.

The webinars are coordinated in partnership between community partners and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. In typical years, Teeny Tiny Summits across Ontario have been supported by the Rural Ontario Municipal Association, a great supporter of Teeny Tiny Places.

The first webinar will take place on Wednesday, August 12 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm and will share stories around the topic of “Moving to Action Quickly”.  The second webinar will take place on Wednesday, September 23 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, with the topic of  “Creatively Bringing Community Together ”. An online questionnaire will collect information from participants in the first two webinars, to solicit topics and speakers for the third webinar to be held in the fall of 2020.

For event details and to register, please visit this Link.


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