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.

Fall 2020 Ontario Pre-Budget Submission

The Ontario Library Association, with the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL) has submitted recommendations as part of Ontario’s 2020 Fall Pre-Budget consultation process.

Libraries are an essential part of Ontario’s COVID-19 recovery. The following priority recommendations by OLA and FOPL will ensure that libraries can continue to adapt and perform their critical role during the disruption of the pandemic and beyond.

  • Maintain critical provincial funding for Ontario’s public libraries at current levels and work with municipalities to prevent unsustainable cuts to public library funding.

  • Leverage Ontario’s broadband action plan funding to ensure that modern broadband connectivity is available in more public library branches in communities across Ontario.

  • Provide critical e-learning support through fair access to modern, digital resources for the people of Ontario – no matter where they live – by creating an Ontario Digital Public Library.

  • Preserve the proven impact of school libraries on student achievement and success by requiring that provincial funds currently allocated for school libraries, teacher-librarians and school library professionals are used for their intended purpose.

Read the Executive Summary

Read the Full OLA and FOPL Joint Fall 2020 Pre Budget Submission.

January 2020 - Ontario Pre Budget Submission - 2020