The Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries is responsible for administering the Public Libraries Act, and statutory grants under the Act including the Public Library Operating, Pay Equity, and First Nation Salary Supplement Grants Program.  They also publish the annual Ontario Public Library Statistics, using information collected through the Annual Survey of Public Libraries.  All libraries and contracting municipalities receiving provincial funding must complete the Annual Survey of Public Libraries (ASPL).

SOLS staff can assist with these grants, as well as submissions for grants that we administer such as the Internet Connectivity Grant.

Annual Survey

SOLS staff are available to help you complete the grant application, due in May of each year

Public Library Operating Grant

We offer support for libraries completing the Public Library Operating Grants, as well as the  Public Library Pay Equity (PE) and/or First Nation Salary Supplement (FNSS) applications

Internet Connectivity

Connectivity Funding is available from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries for the 20/21 fiscal year (April 2020 – March 31, 2021)

Federal Government Grants

Connecting Families


Learn how public libraries can support the Government of Canada's initiative to help bridge the digital divide for some low-income Canadian families.

This site is password protected. Libraries can contact us for password details.


En apprendre plus sur le soutien que peuvent offrir les bibliothèques publiques afin de supporter l'initiative du Gouvernement du Canada qui a pour but d'aider à combler le fossé numérique affectant les familles canadiennes à faible revenu.

Ce site est protégé par mot de passe. Les bibliothèques peuvent nous contacter pour le mot de passe.

LYNX Projects for Learning to Code

Your library can obtain free copies of the book "LYNX Projects for Learning to Code" as part of the Government of Canada CanCode project. This 128 page book is an easy-to-follow, self study guide and is aimed at children 9-16, and is available in English with a French version coming in February 2021.

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The Professional Resources in Learn HQ have a page dedicated to grants and funding development featuring a wide range of library and not-for-profit resources 

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