Advocacy 101

You can extend OLA’s Advocacy efforts in your own communities by reaching out to your local representatives. Find resources and tips below!

Be a Representative for Library Day in Your Riding (January to February 2018)

Building on the success of Library Day at Queen's Park, we are looking for representatives from the library sector to reach out to or meet with their local Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP) between now and February 20th (when MPP’s return to Queen’s Park) to:

  1. Educate Ministers, MPPs and staff about the importance of libraries for education, poverty reduction and community economic development; and to
  2. Inform Ministers, MPPs and staff about the need for new funding for libraries in Ontario, and seek support and input

This outreach is critical for building and maintaining momentum in support of our Budget submission and ask for increased funding for public, school and First Nations libraries across Ontario.

Our goal is to have a clear and unified message on the necessity of increased support for libraries, while providing important local context for MPPs as to what this increased support (or lack thereof) will means for their communities and schools.

What happens at a meeting with an MPP?

Generally, the meetings are short: 15 to 30 minutes. This is an opportunity for you to:

  • Share information about libraries (refer to the key message and information briefs), and any personal stories of positive library impact
  • Highlight an aspect of libraries that connects in with your MPP's portfolio
  • Listen to observations, questions, ideas from your MPP
  • Wrap up the meeting by providing MPPs with a copy of OLA/FOPL’s 2018 Pre-Budget Submission and/or relevant OLA Information Briefs (links below!)

Coordinating our efforts

If you are interested in meeting with or reaching out to your local MPP, please fill out this form or email Sarah Roberts, Ontario Library Association with:
  • your name,
  • contact information,
  • where you work/your role,
  • the name of your MPP, and
  • how you plan on reaching out (email, call, meeting)

Let us know how it went!

  • After you meet with your MPP, fill out this short feedback form to send to OLA/FOPL.



Resources to help

Free Webinars​


Library Day in your Riding: Engaging your MPP in an Election Year
January 16th, 2018 at 1:30 PM
Register to take part in this webinar hosted by OLA, the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL) and Counsel Public Affairs, to help you prepare for meetings with your local MPP.

Grassroots Advocacy 101 with Huw Williams of Impact Public Affairs.
Check out this free webinar with slides to help you connect locally with your MPP.

MPP Meeting Toolkit

MPP Meeting Toolkit, including guidelines on meeting with your MPP, key messages to guide your conversation, and sample letters to help you reach out. Created by Counsel Public Affairs with OLA and the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL).

OLA/FOPL 2018 Pre-Budget Submission

Download OLA and FOP's Pre-Budget Submission 2018 to read our recommendations for a Modern, Sustainable Approach for Ontario's Libraries.

OLA Information Briefs

Check out our repository of Information Briefs on specific topics impacting Ontario Libraries.

Finding you MPP

You can find your electoral district and find current information about MPPs.