BIG (and good news) on the Development Charges / Community Benefit Charges front!

FOPL Members: BIG (and good news) on the Development Charges / Community Benefit Charges front! As you know, development charges (or DCs) have been a tool for public libraries to fund growth-related capital costs, including buildings, renovations, and collections. Previously, these public library costs were considered “soft services” by the Development Charges Act. Unlike essential or “hard” services, such as roads or fire services, these were eligible for up to 90% cost recovery through development charges, with libraries or municipalities required to cover the remainder. In the spring of last year, the Ontario Government passed the More Homes, More Choices Act, which created a new structure. Going forward, a limited number of fully cost-recoverable services – primarily hard infrastructure like roads and watermains and essential services like fire, police and ambulance – would remain eligible for DCs. All other previously eligible services, including public libraries, would be shifted to a new Community Benefits Charge that would also include other previous types of development-related fees, like density bonusing and parkland dedication. Informed by the expert input of our public library members, FOPL (and OLA) took part in important consultations with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing to educate and explain the impact of the proposed changes and the risk to Ontario’s public libraries. We provided a series of reasonable recommendations intended to ensure that public libraries would not be negatively impacted by a move to the Community Benefits Charges regime. Today, we’re pleased to share with you that the provincial government has listened and is taking action. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has posted for consultation its proposed next...

FOPL Members Call To Action: Engaging Your MPP: Library Boards and Communities Supporting the OLA/FOPL Budget “ASK”

Dear FOPL Members OLA and the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL) participate annually in Ontario’s Pre-Budget consultation process. As library leaders in key ridings,  your active participation is crucial to our efforts. At this critical stage of the pre-Budget process, we are strongly requesting that you engage your local MPP and ensure that they are aware of the recommendations OLA & FOPL  brought forward to this year’s Pre-Budget consultations, and to make certain that local MPPs understand the real impacts that these will have for the people in their community. If you have not yet done so, we are encouraging you to urgently connect directly with your local MPP – whether at the library, their office, or by phone – no later than Friday, March 20th. Our ask: This year, 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, which 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....

Open Government: Check out the event calendar & toolbox to prepare for our consultations and ‘get up to speed’ with our webinars | Consultez notre calendrier d’événements & boîte à outils en préparation pour nos consultations et « se mettre à jour » avec nos webinaires

Dear members, please share widely. Chers membres, S.V.P. le partager à volonté. Katherine McColgan, CAE Executive Director — Directrice générale Canadian Federation of Library Associations Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques 75 rue Jolicoeur, Gatineau QC, J8Y 1A8 613.867.7789 www.cfla-fcab.ca @CFLAFCAB @kdmccolgan CFLA-FCAB recognizes the Algonquin peoples as the traditional custodians of the land in which our office is located. La FCAB-CFLA reconnaît les Algonquins comme les gardiens traditionnels des terres dans lesquelles se trouve notre secrétariat.   (La version française suit.)  Dear friends of open government, In this issue, you’ll find: ·         Get ready, get set…for the consultations for the 2020-22 National Action Plan on Open Government ·         Get up to speed with our webinar series Get ready, get set…for the consultations for the 2020-22 National Action Plan on Open Government From March 2 to May 1, 2020, we’ll be connecting with Canadians online and across the country to hear what you want to see in our next plan! This will be your chance you tell us your ideas, experiences, insights and stories on what open government means to you; what could be improved; and what direction you think open government needs to go. What can I do to prepare for the consultations? Visit our website to get the latest information related to our consultations for the 2020-22 National Action Plan on Open Government. Check out the toolbox to learn more about the basics, past action plans, progress done to date and the latest hot topics related to open government. You can also access recordings of our ‘Get up to speed’ webinar series. Register now for in-person events! As part of our consultations we’ll be hosting in-person...

Reminder: CFLA-FCAB Truth and Reconciliation Report and Recommendations

Dear CFLA (via FOPL membership), In light of the current political climate, I believe it would be an excellent opportunity to highlight and remind members of the CFLA-FCAB Truth and Reconciliation Report and Recommendations. I would like to draw attention to the Committee’s Mandate “…to promote initiatives in all types of libraries to advance reconciliation by supporting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action and to promote collaboration in these issues across the Canadian library communities”. The Six Nations Public Library is the oldest and largest First Nation Public Library. We are located on Six Nations of the Grand River. Our patron base is well versed in the colonial history of ‘Canada’. However, my background working in non-Indigenous libraries tells me that there may be some libraries struggling right now. This is a key document that might provide some direction, as well as support, to the library community. Nia:wen, Feather Maracle CEO & Director of Library Services Six Nations Public Library 1679 Chiefswood Road, P.O. Box 149 Ohsweken, ON; N0A 1M0 http://snpl.ca/ (t) 519-445-2954 (f)...