SAVE OUR SCHOOL LIBRARIES

The Ontario School Library Association (OSLA) is bringing together the voice of educators, parents and concerned Ontarians across the province to let the Ontario Ministry of Education know that every student in Ontario needs a properly funded and staffed school library!

Ontario School Libraries at Risk

This past April, the Ontario Ministry of Education changed the way schools are funded. This new funding model eliminates protected funding for school libraries and library staff. What does that mean? It is now easier for school boards to reduce or eliminate school libraries and the essential staff that keep them running. 

Experienced school library staff serve a critical role in their school communities by providing literacy and curriculum support to students and classroom teachers alike, offering resources, and boosting student success.  

Over the past two decades, hundreds of thousands of students across Ontario have lost access to their school libraries – and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated this alarming trend with direct impacts on student literacy and success. The new education funding model now adds additional pressure to already at-risk school libraries and their staff. 

The government has also eliminated its own accountability measures for school libraries implemented in 2021. School boards are no longer required to report to the Ministry of Education on how or if they’re funding school libraries or aligning with provincial expectations. 

Without accountability or enveloped funding, school boards will continue to cut school library funding in response to growing budgetary challenges province-wide. 

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Petitioners must be residents of the Province of Ontario. Petitioners can be of any age (i.e., those under the age of majority (18 years old) can sign). Each petitioner must provide their full name and address to verify their eligibility, along with their original signature written under the text of the petition. Electronic petitions cannot be presented to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Learn more about petitions. 

Please mail your original document(s) to the OLA office by September 30, 2024. 

Please return signed pages to:   
Ontario Library Association   
Centre for Social Innovation  
192 Spadina Avenue, Suite 205  
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2     

Every year, the Ontario Ministry of Education publishes information on education funding for publicly funded school boards. This past April 2024, the Ministry of Education introduced a new education funding model called Core Education Funding for the 2024-2025 school year. 

The Core Education Funding model replaces the previous Grant for Student Needs. 

Under the Grant for Student Needs, there was a protected funding envelope for school library staff and resources known as the Supplemental Library Staffing allocation. This enveloped funding has been eliminated in the new Core Education Funding. School boards are no longer required to spend specified funds on school library staff and resources. 

Funding for library staff and resources is now included in the Learning Resources Fund under the Core Education Funding, which covers non-classroom staff and non-staff classroom costs.  

Learn more about changes to education funding. 

Please email Lily Kwok, Advocacy & Research Officer, OLA, at lkwok@accessola.com  

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