Connectivity Funding

SOLS will not accepting any further funding requests until the Library Program Funding Review has been completed.

Since 1999, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has supported public library connectivity through its connectivity project administered by SOLS. The Ministry invests $660,000 annually to help eligible public libraries maintain and improve internet connectivity.  Click here to review a list of Currently Funded Connectivity Libraries

Funding Priorities

  • Priority 1: All public libraries and First Nations public libraries acquire or maintain a minimum target of 5Mb bandwidth or greater at their main branch or main location;
  • Priority 2: Minimum target of 5Mb bandwidth or greater at branches in multi-branch systems.
  • Priority 3: Sites other than library main locations and branches.

In addition to these priorities, the fund will also cover:

  • New applications from libraries open less than 12 hours per week;
  • Wireless hotspots within public libraries;
  • Ancillary costs for connectivity including but not limited to: firewalls; cable drops; last mile fibre; surge protectors; shelving for communications equipment; other installation costs;
  • Connectivity costs for new branches

How to apply

Please review the following:

If you meet all the requirements, complete the Internet Connectivity Participation/Upgrade Request Form

For libraries recieving funding

  • Funding Acknowledgement  - We ask that those libraries receiving support through this initiative indicate it by using the banners or suggested text on our Acknowledgement page
  • Complete the Connectivity Reimbursement Form quarterly and submit by the 15th of the following month.

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The support of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is gratefully acknowledged.