Advocacy News

Joint OLA and FOPL Ontario Budget Submission - 2020

The Ontario Library Association, with the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL) has submitted recommendations as part of the Ontario’s 2020 Pre-Budget consultation process. In addition to our strong recommendation to maintain existing funding for Ontario’s public libraries, OLA & FOPL are recommending further investment that will make sure that all people in Ontario – no matter where they live – continue to have access to modern, cost-effective resources and services through their local public libraries. Specifically, our Pre-Budget Submission is recommending that the Ontario government make an ongoing, multi-year investment to:
  • Launch an Ontario Digital Public Library, would leverage the province’s significant purchasing power to give all Ontarians access to a common set of online and e-learning resources through their public library, free-of-charge;
  • and
  • Complete the transformation of inter-library loan by supplementing existing provincial funding in order to ensure that local public libraries can fulfill the existing demand from people across Ontario, and address the historic imbalance for public libraries in Northern Ontario
You can read OLA and FOPL’s full Pre-Budget Submission here.


OSLA Ontario Budget Submission - 2020

This year, OSLA prepared and submitted a letter directly to the Pre-Budget consultations. OSLA continues to raise its concern over the increasingly urgent state of school libraries and library staff in Ontario. OSLA’s submission reiterates its long-standing recommendation to enhance the accountability and transparency by mandating that the funds currently allocated by the Ministry of Education to school boards for school libraries and library staff are spent on these priorities.


Open letter to the Minister of Education from OSLA Council

The Ontario School Library Association remains focused on advocating for predictable and stable funding for school libraries. Here is our recent correspondence with the Minister of Education.


OLA Advocacy Toolkit

No matter what type of library you are involved with – Academic, Public, School, Special – support from your local stakeholders, decision-makers, and leaders is essential to ensuring that you and your library have the resources and connections you need.

The resources of this toolkit were created to help OLA members from all library sectors, to advocate for their libraries and to broaden the community of library advocates in Ontario. This toolkit aims to provide guidance as to how to advocate effectively and link to additional resources for members who wish to learn more.

Joint OLA and FOPL Ontario Budget Submission - 2019

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 submission 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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GSN Consultation


In December, OSLA, in consultation with The Association of Library Consultants and Coordinators of Ontario (TALCO), submitted recommendations in support of Ontario School Libraries, as part of the Ministry of Education 2019-20 Education Funding Guide Consultation. These recommendations focus on ensuring that funds allocated to school libraries are spent on school libraries. OLA has met with staff and representatives from the Ministry of Education to share these recommendations and ensure that Ministry representatives understand the impact of school libraries in Ontario Education.

This submission is under consideration by the Ministry of Education as part of their Grants for Students Needs consultation process. We will provide further updates as this consultation process continues.


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