Library Day at Queen's Park

OLA & FOPL representatives with Hon. Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and MPP for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek (Nov 2023)

Every two years, the Ontario Library Association (OLA) and the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL), organize Library Day at Queen’s Park.

Library Day is an opportunity for Ontario’s library leaders to meet with Ministers, MPPs and policy makers to use a shared voice to advocate on behalf of Ontario’s Libraries.

  • Building the library sector’s capacity for advocacy and greater unity on sector priorities
  • Educating, increasing awareness and building and maintaining local relationships with a full spectrum of elected officials and Ministry officials
  • Raising the profile and understanding of the impact of libraries and the challenges they face among government decision-makers

On November 14 and 15, 2023, delegates from OLA and FOPL took part in over 20 meetings at Queen’s Park, building awareness about the importance of Ontario’s libraries and the sector’s priority needs. Supported by our government relations partners at Counsel Public Affairs (CPA), these advocacy days provided a unique opportunity to strengthen our collective advocacy and advance our shared provincial government relations efforts. We met with a broad, multi-partisan spectrum of elected and Ministry officials, educating them on the impact of libraries, the challenges our sector faces, and the ways we can work with the provincial government to better our communities and schools. We are continuing to meet with elected officials beyond the November 14-15 dates further amplifying our message beyond the corridors of the legislature.  

Our conversations and engagement also took place online, using the hashtag #LibrariesForLife 

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