Funding for library services slashed by half in Ontario budget - 2019-04-18
TORONTO – Funding for Ontario's two public library services has been cut in half, a decision the provincial government said it made to help address the province's $11.7-billion deficit.
The heads of the library services in northern and southern Ontario said Tuesday that they were told of the cuts the day after Premier Doug Ford's Progressive Conservatives announced their budget last week.
Southern Ontario Library Service CEO Barbara Franchetto said that service will need to cut $1.5 million from its approximately $3 million annual budget this year. She could not immediately say how that will impact service levels or if it will result in layoffs of any of the agency's 42 staff members.