Government Consultations and Letters

OLA regularly participates in government consultations to ensure that libraries maintain a voice in key provincial discussions. Members and supporters are encouraged to reuse content in our letters as they see fit.

For more information, contact Shelagh Paterson, Executive Director.

OLA Correspondence

Title Date sent
Document Type
OCULA's Letter in Support for Jill Baker - Librarian at Saint Lawrence College
Jan 15, 2018
OLA's Response to Ontario's Middle Years Strategy
Jan 15, 2018
OLA Indigenous Libraries Task Group Response to Ontario First Nation Public Libraries: Needs Assessment Report Dec 13, 2017
Letter to Minister McMahon requesting provincial support for accessible library services Nov 8, 2016 Letter
Letter to Minister McMahon on reducing broadband funding for public libraries (Connectivity Fund) Aug 24, 2016 Letter
A letter to Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development May 4, 2016 Letter
OLA's Letter to Minister Moore Regarding Funding Cuts to Library and Archives Canada May 28, 2016 Letter
Appointment of Librarian and Archivist of Canada announced April 21, 2014
OLA's letter to The Hon. James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage May 23, 2013
OLA's letter to the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario Regarding Proposed Regulation April 11, 2012
Termination of Industry Canada's Community Access Program (CAP) March 18, 2011
A letter to The Minister of Industry, the Honorable Tony Clement July 29, 2010

OLA Participation in Government Consultations

Interest Title Date Document Type
Budget Recommendations  OLA & FOPL joint 2019 Pre-Budget Submission  Jan 2019  Budget
Budget Recommendations  OLA & FOPL joint 2018 Pre-Budget Submission  Jan 2018  Budget
Access to information for Ontarians: Leveraging and providing e-resources to all Ontario Students.
This document references our e-resources Information Brief.
Provincial E-Resource Strategy Recommendation
Jan 2016 Brief
Culture Consultation
Culture Strategy Funding Review Discussion Paper (2017) by FOPL, OLA, CULC, and ARUPLO,
in consultation with SOLS and OSL-N. This paper moves towards improving the effectiveness
of public libraries in the context of the new Ontario Culture Strategy.
Dec 2016 Discussion Paper

In 2016, the Ontario Government launched the OLA Response to draft Culture Strategy. OLA and its
partners participated in dialogue around the strategy, and the role of public libraries in supporting
our culture.
May 12, 2016 Letter

FOPL and OLA Response - A joint Ontario Culture Strategy Submission by the OLA and FOPL. Dec 7, 2015 Submission and
Municipal Act
OLA response to the Municipal Legislation Review, 2015 Jul 24, 2015 Letter
Community Hubs
FOPL and OLA Submission, 2015
A letter to Karen Pitre, Special Advisor to the Premier on Community Hubs, on the provincial barriers
to successful community hubs.
Jun 2, 2015 Submission and
National Network for Equitable Library Service OLA Motion in support of a National Network for Equitable Library Service for Canadians with a print disability June 8, 2012
Canada's Digital

OLA's submission to The Government of Canada's Digital Advantage consultation paper
Jul 8, 2010
Submission and