Government Budget and Funding Announcements

Bookmark this page for information on new budget announcements. Current OLA members will receive updates on budget announcements in their inbox.

Understanding Ontario’s provincial budget: Ontario’s provincial budget is is typically released annually in April. The government’s financial cycle ends March 31 and restarts on April 1. For more information and to see the current provincial budget, visit the Ontario government website.

Understanding Canada’s federal budget: Federal budgets have a lesser impact on Ontario’s libraries, and are presented annually in February or March. For more information, visit the Canadian government website.

2021 Ontario Pre-Budget Submission

Working alongside our partners at the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL), OLA is continuing advocacy for Ontario’s libraries.

This year’s OLA and FOPL joint submission to Ontario’s Pre-Budget consultation highlights the critical role that public and school libraries will continue to play as part of Ontario’s COVID-19 recovery. OLA and FOPL are recommending:

Public Libraries:

  • A $4.7 million annual investment to support the establishment of an Ontario Digital Public Library.
  • A targeted enhancement of provincial funding through the Public Libraries Operating Grant (PLOG) to offset lost revenues from implementing fines-free policies and help public libraries make these policies permanent.

School libraries:

  • Update the implementation of Ontario’s education funding formula to ensure that funding for school libraries is protected
  • Develop a provincial strategy for school library e-resources.

Read OLA and FOPL’s join Budget 2021 Submission.