On Thursday April 11th, the 2019 Ontario Budget was tabled in the provincial legislature. On Friday April 12th, I was informed by the Ministry that the SOLS operating grant would be reduced by approximately 50%. This is a substantial cut which must be absorbed in the current 2019-20, fiscal year. Ontario Library Service-North is also facing a significant cut to its operating grant.
I know you probably have many questions, as do we, but right now, my attention is wholly on the task of making difficult decisions that impact my staff and our continued capacity to provide you with the services that you need. I will keep you apprised as we work through this very dark time.