Published by Communications and Public Affairs (519) 824-4120, Ext. 56982 or 53338
December 17, 1998
Rural changes means more residents staying home, commuting afar
Fewer rural Ontario residents are working in the traditional agricultural fields, relying instead on home businesses, part-time work or out-of-town jobs to pay the bills, a first-ever study on Ontario's rural economy reveals.
Fuller researched families in Huron County for his "New Rural Economy" study. He found that 35 per cent of rural residents stay home, but many run non-farm businesses as well. "These factors reflect changes imposed on the rural society by current trends -- progressively less and less time is actually spent on the farm as family members are forced to seek employment from other sources, notably those much farther away."
Besides studying the effects of industrialization and globalization, Fuller sought to understand what the "New Rural Economy"is: who is working, what they do and where. Details such as multiple jobs, numbers of women or children working and who stays home to prepare meals were explored. Fuller's research will serve as part of a national study, and was sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and agencies in Huron County.
Contact: Tony Fuller, School of Rural Planning and Development, (519) 824-4120 Ext. 6783