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La Fédération des bibliothèques publiques de l’Ontario est un organisme à but non-lucratif. Elle a comme mandat, de répondre aux besoins de toutes les bibliothèques, en concentrant leurs efforts dans la recherche, en marketing et en agissant comme plaidoyeur.

Launch of Ontario’s First Culture Strategy/Lancement de la première stratégie ontarienne pour la culture

Dear culture partner: Today, I am honoured and excited to launch our government’s first Culture Strategy. This strategy reflects the diversity of cultural expressions and experiences that we heard during the Culture Talks engagement process. The result is a document that fully articulates the important role culture plays in promoting individual and community well-being across the province. Last fall the government held town halls and conversations across the province to hear about the value of arts and culture in people’s lives and communities. We reached out to Francophones, Indigenous partners and communities, youth and seniors, newcomers and ethno-cultural communities and people with disabilities. Almost 3,000 Ontarians participated. We heard clearly that people care deeply about arts and culture. Together with my predecessor, Minister Coteau, I would like to thank you for sharing your ideas and priorities for culture in Ontario. Your input helped to develop a strategy that truly reflects our province’s diversity and vibrancy. The Culture Strategy sets out a vision, principles and four overarching goals to guide the government’s support for culture over the next five years. These goals are to promote cultural engagement and inclusion, strengthen culture in communities, fuel the creative economy and promote the value of the arts throughout government. Each goal includes strategies and actions, which include: · creating a new fund to support publishers to develop learning resources aimed at fostering the use of diverse Canadian content in schools · supporting conservation of heritage buildings by leveraging opportunities for energy efficiency improvements through Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan · creating opportunities to enhance technical and business skills training for cultural workers ·... read more

Ontario Public Library Week

Ontario Public Library Week will take place during the third week of October (October 16 – 22, 2016). As you look ahead to the fall months, we encourage you to incorporate appropriately themed events and activities into your library’s fall programming schedule. What’s next? PREORDER AVAILABLE: Printed bookmarks and posters (available in French and English) You can now preorder posters and bookmarks for Ontario Public Library Week through The Library Marketplace. While OLA will cover the printing costs of materials, all libraries and community partners will be responsible for covering shipping costs for their items. Designs of posters and bookmarks will be revealed in late August. The deadline to place your posters and bookmarks is September 9. Downloadable materials Electronic materials and resources for Ontario Public Library Week will be made available in late August. Keep checking your inbox or visit for more information. Ontario Public Library Week launch event OLA will also be working alongside the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport to plan an Ontario Public Library Week launch event. All members are welcome to attend this free event. More details will be shared as they become... read more

Launch of Ontario’s 150th Anniversary Funding Programs

On July 1, 2017, Canada celebrated a major milestone in our country’s history, the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. The province launched three new one-time, project-based programs to engage Ontarians and commemorate the 150th anniversary of Ontario throughout 2017: The Ontario 150 Community Capital Program — a $25 million fund to renovate, repair and retrofit existing community and cultural infrastructure to increase access, improve safety and maximize community use (application period opens July 18 and closes September 14, 2016); The Ontario 150 Partnership Program — a $5 million program to support new partnerships and collaborations that engage, enable and empower youth as the next generation of Ontario leaders (application period opened July 6 and closes September 30, 2016); And the Ontario 150 Community Celebration Program —a $7 million fund to help communities celebrate this historic year (application period opened July 6 and closes September 2, 2016). GUIDELINES: Here are the links to the Grants Ontario pages for our programs. You can access the guidelines and external FAQ’s there. Ontario 150 Community Celebration Program: English: Ontario150 Community Celebration Program French: Programme de Célébrations communautaires Ontario150 Ontario 150 Partnership Program: English: Ontario150 Partnership Program French: Programme de Partenariat Ontario150 **Ontario 150 Community Capital Program: English: French: **Please note that the Ontario 150 Community Capital Program is being run by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), not the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. To speak with an OTF Program Manager in your area regarding this grant please follow this link: INFORMATION SESSIONS: – SCARBOROUGH (Scarborough Civic Centre): Thursday, August 11th 12:30PM – 3:30PM. Register here: –... read more