Budget and Funding Announcement

Bookmark this page for information on new budget announcements. Current OLA members will receive updates on budget announcements in their inbox.

Understanding Ontario's provincial budget: Ontario's provincial budget is is typically released annually in April. The government's financial cycle ends March 31 and restarts on April 1.  For more information and to see the current provincial budget, visit the Ontario government website.

Understanding Canada's federal budget: Federal budgets have a lesser impact on Ontario's libraries, and are presented annually in February or March. For more information, visit the Canadian government website.

2019 Ontario Budget

The Ontario Library Association, with the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL) has submitted recommendations as part of the Ontario’s 2019 Pre-Budget consultation process. This recommendation re-iterates our recommendation to increase annual provincial base funding for Ontario’s public libraries, which has been frozen for more than 20 years.

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March 2018 Ontario Budget Announcements

The 2018 Ontario Budget was announced on March 28th, 2018. The Ontario government has recognized OLA and FOPL's joint recommendations and is making a strong investment in public and First Nations libraries.

This three-year commitment included,

  • $28 million over three years to create a Digital Public Library that will provide "access to digital content such as ebooks, music and audiobooks; research databases; special collections" and
  • $51 million over three years - $17 million annually - to increase the Public Libraries Operating Grant (PLOG), with a particular recognition of the role of public libraries as community hubs.

This investment represents the first increase to annual base funding for Ontario public libraries since 1996, marking the end of a two decades long funding freeze and providing critically important, sustainable funding for public libraries throughout Ontario. 

This budget also includes an additional $500 million over three years to expand broadband internet in rural and Northern Ontario, including $20 millions for satellite-based broadband for remote communities.

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2018 Federal Budget Announcement

The 2018 Federal Budget was announced on February 27th, 2018.

Canadian Federation of Library Associations/Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) submitted a 2018 pre-budget brief with recommendations for the Library Sector.