Pre-Budget consultation hearings by the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs are in January. We would like representation from each region at the meetings to ensure that Public Libraries are heard. We are working with Counsel Public Affairs to develop the 2-3 minute speaking notes which are based on our draft budget ask. Shelagh Patterson and I have reached out to specific Libraries across the province for representation, however, if you are interested in participating for your region please let me know. Here are the deadlines for the consultation request:

    • 12:00 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 for the following regions: the Northwest Region of Ontario, the Northeast Region of Ontario, and the Ottawa Region of Ontario;
    • 6:00 p.m. (EST) on Monday, January 10, 2022 for the following regions: the Eastern Region of Ontario, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area of Ontario, and the Southwestern Region of Ontario;
    • 6:00 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 for the Central Region of Ontario.