Rural Ontario Data and Information Resources


OMAFRA has created a new “Rural Ontario socioeconomic data and information resources” that highlights key facts about rural Ontario. The dataset is sourced from Censuses of Population and other datasets published by Statistics Canada since 1971. It provides data in formats that researchers and analysts can review and manipulate for their own analytical needs.

The rural statistics webpage contains:

  • A document highlighting key facts about rural Ontario and additional resources including graphs, maps, and links to additional sources is also available.
  • An interactive dashboard portraying key variables for rural and urban Ontario. Users can customize the available information to meet their needs.
  • Datasets related to population counts, education, immigration, and household income from the 1971 to 2022, and a complete dataset for all census variables for the census years 2001-2016.
  • The data also includes labour force characteristics and employment along with other key metrics.

The rural statistics webpage will also include links to the rural factsheets produced by the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI). 

Royal Ontario Institute has an upcoming webinar, Thursday October 26th at 10:00am that aims to assist rural communities and organizations in Ontario with accessing and understanding data related to rural issues. The webinar features speakers from the Rural Ontario Institute and The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), who will share online data resources and interactive tools, such as ROI’s Rural Ontario Facts and OMAFRA’s new rural Ontario statistics webpage, to help stakeholders explore and interpret rural trends over time in the region.

More detailed information about the “Making Rural Data Accessible – Exploring Tools & Resources” Webinar can be found here.


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