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Canadian Federation of Library Associations / Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques

CFLA Submission to 2019 Pre-Budget Consultations

September 9, 2018

In early August, the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA) submitted a brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance’s Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2019 Federal Budget.

The CFLA submission includes four recommendations with a focus “on bringing universal access to information to Canadians.”

  1. Invest $50 million over the next 5 years to support a targeted library upgrade investment fund that will expand information access to vulnerable groups that seek to use services and resources available at Canada’s libraries.
  2. Increase federal support to $30 million over the next 5 years for accessible formats of works that will improve information access to Canadians with perceptual disabilities.
  3. Invest $1 million over the next 5 years to support the Canada Post book rate, which allows for transportation of shared materials at a manageable cost to libraries.
  4. Invest $5 million over 5 years to support indigenous education in library services that will protect and preserve indigenous knowledge.

The full submission is available from the CFLA website.

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