[38] Bill 199 Original (PDF)

Bill 199 2005

An Act to celebrate and recognize rural Ontario


Rural Ontario has achieved much in the past and continues with new endeavours. There is great potential for future growth in rural Ontario.

June 21, the summer solstice, marks the beginning of summer. June 21 is an appropriate day to be named Rural Ontario Day.  The first day of summer is a symbol of new growth, anticipation and past memories.  Rural Ontario comes alive during the summer season.

The Rural Ontario Day Act, 2005 will proclaim and recognize rural values and culture.  Rural Ontario is an important part of Ontario. Since the first settlements in Upper Canada our rural areas have contributed to the success and prosperity of Ontario.  The Rural Ontario Day Act, 2005 will help Ontarians become more aware of their rural heritage and rural roots.

This day will also recognize those who have made a commitment to strong rural communities.  It will highlight the rural way of life and reflect on its unique attributes, including volunteers, health care services, schools, tourism, small business, arts, leisure and recreation, and the beauty of the landscape.

It is appropriate to recognize and celebrate the rich history, current situation and future growth of Rural Ontario by naming June 21 as Rural Ontario Day.

Therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:

Rural Ontario Day

1.  June 21 in each year is proclaimed as Rural Ontario Day.


2.  This Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.

Short title

3.  The short title of this Act is the Rural Ontario Day Act, 2005.


The Bill proclaims June 21 in each year as Rural Ontario Day.