There’s a growing crisis of rural poverty in eastern Ontario, says a coalition of community and social service groups.

The October 2017 report Invest in Rural Resiliency: Address Poverty highlights the challenges facing residents of rural areas who rely on seasonal income from tourism and cottagers, while local industry disappears. People have to leave the area to find work. If they stay, there’s little work to be had and local government is starved of revenue to maintain support systems — like public transit — that urban residents expect to have available.

The report wants to make the basics of life available to all, and calls on the province to make immediate investments …