State of the North is an annual conference that brings together decision makers, community leaders, experts and innovators to explore the state of Northern Ontario from an economic, social, and environmental perspective.
Each year, Northern Policy Institute will provide an annual update on the State of the North by offering updates on a set of environmental, social and economic indicators that we will define and select in partnership with our communities. It’s time to take what we have learned and step forward into solution-based discussions.
This year’s theme is ‘Responding to Northern Ontario’s Demographic Shift’. Northern Ontario is facing a combination of a declining and aging population. At the same time, the Indigenous population is young and growing, representing important opportunities for Ontario’s northern regions. These demographic shifts will have significant implications on Northern Ontario’s economy and society, impacting the long term sustainability of all 11 districts in the region.
This conference will explore evidenced-based solutions to address the challenges facing communities in Northern Ontario. We will consider the roles that migration, engagement with Indigenous communities and local governance can have on improving the sustainability of Ontario’s northern regions.