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Update: Ontario Provincial Funding for Public Libraries

Ontario Provincial Funding for Public Libraries Several weeks ago, the Provincial Expenditure Estimates were released, setting out the details of the operating and capital spending requirements of Ministries and Legislative Offices for the fiscal year commencing April 1, 2019, based on the 2019-20 Ontario Budget. The estimates for the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport can be found here. Concurrently, Minister Michael Tibollo announced that the province is maintaining its base funding for public libraries. We can now confirm that the following specific investments for public libraries remain unchanged from the previous year, as follows: Over $21 million in operating funding, including the Public Library Operating Grant (PLOG), Pay Equity funding and the First Nations Salary Supplement; Approximately $900,000 to support access to resources for print disabilities through the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA); $460,000 for connectivity funding; $40,000 to support ongoing sector initiatives through the Ontario Library Association As you are aware, we shared information regarding reductions in provincial funding to Southern Ontario Library Services and Ontario Library Services – North in a previous advocacy alert. Since that time, we have had the opportunity to meet with Minister Tibollo, his staff and representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport on this important issue. OLA and FOPL continue to work with the ministry, SOLS, OLS-N and the public library sector to ensure that Ontario’s public and First Nations Libraries can provide the services and resources that their residents rely upon and that enrich our local communities. We greatly appreciate the comments, information and letters our members have shared with us. They have and will continue to be tremendously...

ibraries across Northern Ontario have launched SaveOLSN.ca

Libraries across Northern Ontario have launched SaveOLSN.ca – a website highlighting the services provided to our libraries by Ontario Library Service – North and inviting members of the public to join our advocacy campaign by contacting their local MPP or the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Michael Tibollo.   Featuring stories from libraries across Northern Ontario, this website draws attention to the valuable services that are at risk due to a 50% cut in the OLS-North operating budget, announced in the 2019-2020 Provincial Budget. The website is also an opportunity for libraries to thank staff at OLS-North for their contributions to public libraries, particularly as several staff members are facing layoff, effective May 23, 2019.   New stories will be added as they are submitted, so please check back regularly for updates.   For information about how cuts to OLS-North could impact your local library please contact your library directly.   For more information about this site and the Northern Libraries’ advocacy campaign please contact one of our spokespeople: Dayna DeBenedet, Dryden Public Library – ddebenedet@dryden.ca Caroline Goulding, Fort Frances Public Library –cgoulding@fortfrances.ca   Visit the website at www.saveolsn.ca.     Dayna DeBenedet Chief Librarian/CEO   Dryden Public Library 36 Van Horne Ave Dryden, ON P8N 2A7 Tel: 807-223-1475 ext. 221...

Presentation by Stephen Abram, MLS, executive director, FOPL Regional Government Review Consultations Newmarket Ontario: May 6, 2019

The rules of these regional consultations were that speakers were limited to 10 minutes.  We left time for questions. Mr Seiling noted that the ultimate report would be private and confidential to the Ministry and cabinet. Presentation by Stephen Abram, MLS, executive director, FOPL Regional Government Review Consultations Newmarket Ontario:  May 6, 2019 Presentation by Stephen Abram, MLS, executive director, FOPL Regional Government Review Consultations Newmarket Ontario:  May 6, 2019 Good afternoon. Greetings Chairs Ken Seiling and Michael Fenn. Thank you for the opportunity today to participate in your Regional Government Review consultations. My name is Stephen Abram and I am a professional librarian and the executive director of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries / La Fédération des bibliothèques publiques de l’Ontario. We represent Ontario’s over 310 library systems with over 6 million library cardholders – in Ontario’s rural, northern, town, county, suburban, urban, indigenous, and francophone communities including all 82 Southern Ontario communities covered by this consultation. I won’t bury the lede! You asked that we focus on comments, in particular, on the advisors are looking for your feedback on regional governance, decision-making, and service delivery. I believe the context or goal of this consultation is to make recommendations on developing an improved nimble, cost-effective, and efficient governance. Ontario’s Public Library systems are exemplars of good local, community-led, governance, advanced, large-scale consortial and collaborative activities and strong partnerships with local, regional, municipal, provincial, and federal organizations for the benefit of the communities they serve. We have too much data and proofs to share in the time we have today, but we stand ready to provide this at your...

ONN: What the Ontario government budget estimates mean for the sector

The Ontario government released the 2019 Budget on April 11, its first since taking office last June. On May 9, it released the 2019 Expenditure Estimates. Here are ONN’s perspective and views from the nonprofit sector. Provincial Budget Read the Ontario 2019 Expenditure Estimates here Read the Ontario 2019 Budget here Read more about Bill 100, the Protecting What Matters Most Act (Budget implementation bill)...

Estimates have been released and can be accessed here

Estimates have been released and can be accessed here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/expenditure-estimates-volume-1-table-contents-2019-20 The Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport can be found here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/expenditure-estimates-ministry-tourism-culture-and-sport-2019-20 As to the library specific-details, here are the relevant line items and comparison with 2017-18 (as last year’s estimates reflected the 2018 Budget which was ultimately not reflected in the actual allocations). These each are given their own line under the culture program here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/expenditure-estimates-ministry-tourism-culture-and-sport-2019-20#section-5 Libraries Sector Support 2019-20 – $25,394,600 2017-18 – $26,694,600 Ontario Library Service North 2019-20 – $1,000,000 2017-18 – $1,645,000 Southern Ontario Library Service 2019-20 – $1,500,000 2017-18 – $3,145,800 You will note that the overall “Libraries Sector Support” is $1.3 million less than in 2017-18. However, all of the individual items (PLOG, FN salary supplement, Pay equity, CELA, OLA, connectivity) all easily fit under that amount based on the historical data 2016-17 individual values before we went into Budget lock-up.  The cuts seem solely to be in the Agencies SOLS and...

Help Inform the Next Occupational Health and Safety Strategy

Help Inform the Next Occupational Health and Safety Strategy The team at the MOL Strategy and Integration Branch are working on consultations for the next Occupational Health and Safety Strategy. This includes an open survey on Ontario.ca, which is posted here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/consultation-ontarios-next-occupational-health-and-safety-strategy . As of now, the survey is open until May 15th.   We would appreciate it if you would share the link to the survey with your contacts as all of us within the system are looking to get the word out to increase the uptake of the survey.   Thanks, in advance, for your assistance. Perhaps you can send it to your members before it closes next week?   Let me know if you need anything or if you have questions. As a Voting Member, you will also be receiving our AGM invite soon for September.   Thanks Joanne Joanne Clark  Director Corporate & Customer Marketing –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Public Services Health & Safety Association Mobile:  416-606-9026 Email:    jclark@pshsa.ca –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– View Upcoming Training: pshsa.ca/training  ...

REMINDER – RAPPEL : Call for Interest — Appel d’intérêt : Open Government Global Summit — Sommet mondial pour un gouvernement ouvert

REMINDER – RAPPEL : Call for Interest — Appel d’intérêt : Open Government Global Summit — Sommet mondial pour un gouvernement ouvert It’s not too late to register to livestream an event. Please see https://ogpsummit.org/en/summit-program/remote-participation/ for more information.   Il n’est pas trop tard pour vous inscrire et diffuser une séance. Veuillez consulter https://ogpsummit.org/fr/programme-sommet/participation-distance/ pour plus d’informations.   ————-   Bilingual message – Message bilingue   Dear CFLA-FCAB Members,   Libraries and library organizations have long advocated for the value of open access to government information and publicly funded research. Providing open access to these resources strengthens society by providing transparency to citizens and allows for greater engagement in government actions.   In 2012, the Government of Canada became a member of the Open Government Partnership and has since developed two consecutive 3-year action plans to help Canada measure success in meeting its open government goals.   This year, Canada will be hosting Open Government Partnership Global Summit which brings together representatives to all partner states to meet and share information, experiences, solutions, and more.  Participation in person is limited and so the Committee is seeking institutions and organization who are interested in hosting viewing sessions of the summit across the country.   This is an excellent opportunity for libraries to become involved and support greater public participation in this summit. We are looking for libraries that would be willing to participate in this manner.   I would like to ask you to please share this invitation with your members and I invite anyone who is interested in participating to please contact me at kmccolgan@cfla-fcab.ca.   Thank you.      Invitation to host a...