OMAFRA Introduces New Rural Ontario Leaders Awards

OMAFRA has just introduced a new awards program that we think you’re going to like. It’s the new Rural Ontario Leaders Awards or ROLA for short.

The program recognizes leaders among rural residents, communities, businesses and organizations, and their work in improving the quality of life and economic well-being of rural Ontario.

Recognizing leadership in rural Ontario is important to this government.  That’s why we’re celebrating the achievements of those who are dedicated to helping build a stronger rural Ontario.

The awards will also help to raise the awareness of rural Ontario’s ability to foster a competitive and innovative business environment, and help recognize the essential contribution of rural Ontario to the provincial economy.

One award will be provided in each of the following streams;

•             Individual Award (25 years of age and older)

•             Individual – Youth (24 years of age and younger)

•             Community (Municipality or Indigenous community)

•             Business

•             Not-for-profit/non-government organization

Award winners will be recognized by the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the Honourable Jeff Leal, at a special presentation during the next Rural Ontario Summit in February of next year.

To help make the awards a success, we need your help. We need to know who in your community or organization has demonstrated strong leadership that supports rural economic development with any of the following outcomes:

  • Training and skills development;
  • Entrepreneurship and local employment;
  • Strong social infrastructure; or
  • Civic engagement

Help us to recognize leaders in your community who have helped to improve the quality of life and economic well-being of rural Ontario, by nominating someone today.

Nominations will be accepted until November 15, 2017.

If you have any questions on the Rural Ontario Leaders Awards program, please contact the Agricultural information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300, or at, or visit our website at:

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