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Library Community Submissions to 2022 Pre-Budget Consultations

August 12, 2021

In late July and early August, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC)—the national voices for Canada’s research libraries and major public library systems—submitted briefs to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance’s Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2022 Federal Budget.

Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL)

The recommendations from CARL focus on measures to support access and preservation of content in a digital environment.

Recommendation 1:
That the Government of Canada increase Library and Archives Canada’s base budget by 5% (approximately $7M) to support fulfillment of its ATI responsibility and accelerated transition to digital government record-keeping.

Recommendation 2:
That the Government of Canada provide funding in the amount of $10M to Canada’s three research granting agencies, administered through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, for a pilot program supporting the production of Canadian Open Education Resources in both official languages.

Recommendation 3:
That the Government of Canada maintain ongoing annual funding in the amount of $3M for the Centre for Equitable Library Access and $1M for the National Network for Equitable Library Services.

Recommendation 4:
That the Government of Canada introduce legislation to ensure that Canada’s public and academic libraries and users have access on reasonable terms to e-content from multinational publishers.

(The full submission is available from the CARL website.)


Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC)

The CULC recommendations address similar themes to those in their 2021 pre-budget submission, including access to e-content for libraries, support for vulnerable populations, and accessible reading materials.

Recommendation 1: That the Government of Canada introduce legislation to ensure that Canada’s public libraries and users have access on reasonable terms to e-content from multinational publishers.

Recommendation 2: That the Government of Canada recognize the role public libraries are playing in delivering on federal priorities in communities across Canada and provide funding to further support libraries performing these critical services.

Recommendation 3: That the Government of Canada restore ongoing sustained funding in Budget 2022 for the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) to support an equitable reading landscape in Canada for people with print disabilities and to ensure that inclusive reading options exist across Canada.

(The full submission is available from the CULC website.)

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