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The List: Canadian Public Library Impact Studies

The List: Canadian Public Library Impact Studies

The following is a list of Canadian public libraries who have conducted an economic impact study applying this cost-benefit analysis (CBA) model first used by Toronto Public Library in 2013.CBA is a commonly used approach to estimate the economic impact of public institutions. Please read “Understanding Economic Impact and Public Libraries” for a more detailed explanation of how CBA is applied to public libraries.

This CBA model is open and available for public use. Ottawa Public Library’s spreadsheet of calculations and data is open for others to use to calculate their own economic impact.

This list is maintained by Brightsail Research. Please send additions and corrections to Kimberly Silk.

Library Year Published 2011 Census Population # Branches
(at time of study)
Return on $1 Invested
Toronto Public Library 2013 2,615,060 98 $5.63
Halton Hills Public Library 2014 59,008 2 $3.96
Milton Public Library 2014 84,362 2 $5.67
Pickering Public Library 2014 88,721 3 $5.85
Stratford Public Library 2015 30,886 1 $5.63
Sault Ste-Marie Public Library 2015 75,000 3 $2.36
Kawartha Lakes Public Library 2015 73,214 15 $7.05
London Public Library 2015 366,151 16 $6.68
Vancouver Island Regional Library 2016 430,000 38 $5.36
Ottawa Public Library 2016 883,391 33 $5.17
Newmarket Public Library 2016 79,978 1 $7.85
Edmonton Public Library 2016 812,200 22 $3.11
Burlington Public Library 2017 175,780 7 $5.64
Hamilton Public Library 2017 519,950 22 $5.59
Vaughan Public Library 2017 288,300 9 $5.57

Prepared by
Kimberly Silk, MLS
Principal Consultant
Brightsail Research
416-721-8955 | kim@brightsail.com