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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.



What do you know about Ontario Development Charges and Libraries?

Given that in the past 2 years 32% of public library CEO’s have changed, with 21% in the past year alone,  many of our CEO’s have never had to deal deeply with development charges and this topic is in their purview with their Boards.  These are a major funding mechanism given to municipalities for building infrastructure like sewers, road and even libraries and community centres. We’ve assembled this little list of links as an orientation to the topic.  We (OLA, FOPL, SOLS) plan to cooperate with AMO and AMCTO in delivering a webinar on development charges and libraries in 2019. You can likely find your municipality’s or county’s development charge policy by searching Google and “development charges” and the name of your jurisdiction. Pro-Tip: Be aware of the cycle of development charge reviews in your area.  Some exclude social infrastructure like libraries, culture centres, and community centres.  Some have odd rules (at least from our perspective) about new builds versus renovations/additions.  Be ready to influence when these opportunities come up – especially if you dream of an addition, replacement, or new building/branch in your system’s future. Useful Links: TorStar: A brief explanation of development charges https://www.thestar.com/life/homes/2013/03/01/a_brief_explanation_of_development_charges.html “BILD (the Building Industry and Lane Development Association) agrees with the principle that growth should pay for growth and it is important to understand that the people who come to live in this region will pay for the infrastructure they require to live here. Of all the government charges and fees related to the construction of new homes, development charges are the most significant and they are becoming a big part of the... read more

Recent News Summary from FOPL

Here are some recent postings on the FOPL website. For quicker access friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@foplnews). Ontario Public Library Board Centralized Governance HUB Launched https://www.sols.org/index.php/governance-hub   Hi-Lite: 10 Things You Need to Know as a new library board member: Understanding Public Library Board Governance in Ontario http://fopl.ca/news/10-things-you-need-to-know-as-a-new-library-board-member-understanding-public-library-board-governance-in-ontario/   Made in Canada Solutions for Public Library Leadership Development http://fopl.ca/news/made-in-canada-solutions-for-public-library-leadership-development/   The Complete List of Measurement, Metrics & Statistical Tools & Resources for Ontario Public Libraries http://fopl.ca/news/what-are-all-of-these-library-statistics-tools-in-ontario-and-what-can-i-do-with-them/ Municipal Benchmarking Network Canada: Libraries http://fopl.ca/news/municipal-benchmarking-network-canada-libraries/ 120,000 American libraries just got even cooler thanks to Grow with Google http://fopl.ca/news/120000-american-libraries-just-got-even-cooler-thanks-to-grow-with-google/ National Influencing Activities: CFLA/FCAB http://fopl.ca/news/national-activities-cfla-fcab/ Municipal World: The other climate change – how local political winds can alter the landscape following municipal elections http://fopl.ca/news/the-other-climate-change-how-local-political-winds-can-alter-the-landscape-following-municipal-elections/ Tourism is a Strong Economic Contributor for Ontario, but its Potential is Far from Realized http://fopl.ca/news/tourism-is-a-strong-economic-contributor-for-ontario-but-its-potential-is-far-from-realized/ REMINDER The 2nd cycle of OCLC funding for small public and academic libraries has begun http://fopl.ca/news/reminder-the-2nd-cycle-of-oclc-funding-for-small-public-and-academic-libraries-has-begun/ The Young Canada Works 2019 campaign! http://fopl.ca/news/the-young-canada-works-2019-campaign/ 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Librarians and Book Lovers http://fopl.ca/news/2018-holiday-gift-guide-for-librarians-and-book-lovers/ Enjoy! Cheers, Stephen Stephen Abram, MLS, FSLA Executive Director, Federation of Ontario Public Libraries sabram@fopl.ca FOPL: 416-395-0746 Blog: http://www.fopl.ca Twitter: @foplnews stephen.abram@gmail.com Cel: 416-669-4855 Blog: http://www.StephensLighthouse.com Twitter:... read more