Provincial Funding Reduction

Update - May 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. - The provincial government has announced it will restore the $1.4 million annual funding:


The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has cut Toronto Public Library’s provincial funding by almost 20 per cent. This funding has been received annually for almost 20 years, although flat-lined. The cut represents $1.4 million with an in-year 2017 budget cut of $700,000 and the remaining $700,000 in 2018.

This appears to be related to a recent provincial announcement of a $1 million investment in rural, remote and Indigenous libraries. We applaud this much needed investment. However, the corresponding reduction in funding at Toronto Public Library cannot be absorbed and there will be service impacts.

This provincial funding is a major source of revenue for our digitization program including content development, web development, and online services for all Ontarians. This program provides online access to the Toronto Reference Library’s vast and unique collection of historical materials about Ontario and Canada from pre-1900 to present day, as well as our deep staff expertise in this area.

We are anticipating formal notification from the Ministry soon and will be reporting about this at the Toronto Public Library Board meeting on May 15.


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