Cuts to Libraries

2012 and 2013 was a challenging time for Canada’s Libraries. Canadians experiences an unprecedented number of cuts to all types of libraries:

Provincial:  Elimination of school libraries:
April 12 and May 2, 2012, it is announced that two school boards decide to eliminate the school library program; Chignecto‐Central Regional School Board in Nova Scotia and Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board in Ontario. Academic excellence and provincial testing scores are directly impacted by the presence of a school library program.

Internet access and digital skills training: 
April 5, 2012, Industry Canada terminates the Community Access Program, a program designed to provide internet access and digital skills training at local public libraries and community agencies. People who do not have access to high speed internet access, computers, or who live in rural/remote areas are the most severely impacted.

Library and Archives Canada (LAC):

February 13, 2012, LAC announces a new service delivery approach. The approach is to reduce hours of on-site front line service (includes reference service and genealogy service) and place more emphasis on a digital service approach.

April 13, 2012, the Federal Government imposes severe cuts to Library and Archives Canada (20% reduction to the workforce) which will have a serious impact on the ability for Canadians to have access to research, archival information, and preservation of Canada's literary and cultural heritage. Also severely impacted are government libraries, many of which will be eliminated.

April 30, 2012, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) eliminates the National Archival Development Program (NADP), a 1.7 million contribution program administered by the non-for-profit Canadian Council of Archives (CCA) for LAC and distributed to Canada’s 13 archives councils to support archival activities locally. Through the councils, Canada’s history is preserved in local communities. Canada’s archival councils provide user-centred services, providing support to archives and archivists so that they may better serve all Canadians. Teachers, students, historians, researchers, genealogists, and film-makers will be negatively impacted.

May 7, 2012, LAC staff confirm that the current Inter-Library Loan (ILL) service will end February 15 2013. In October 2012, LAC announces that the service will end December 2012. More information about Library and Archives Canada cuts - bp link to left nav library and archives.

Federal Government:
January, 2012: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada announces closure of their library within the year.

May 2, 2012: The following government libraries are reported to be reduced or closing: Citizenship and Immigration, Agriculture, Environment, Industry, Transport Canada, National Defence, Public Works and Government Services, the National Capital Commission and the Public Service Commission

December 2013: Canada's Research, Science and Fisheries Libraries close and consolidate.
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Canada's Cultural Sector:
October 31, 2012, The Canadian Conference of the Arts, the largest national alliance of the arts, cul­ture and her­itage sec­tor across Canada, announces it must close after 67 years. The Federal Government announced in 2011 that it would cease funding to CCA and did not provide more than 6 months of funding to give the organization an opportunity to transition to a new funding model. In addition to many successful efforts for Canadian culture and the arts, CCA was one of the founding advocates of the formation of Canada's National Library, now Library and Archives Canada and also the recipient of severe funding cuts.

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