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Public Library Operating, Pay Equity, and First Nation Salary Supplement Grants Program


An application to the Public Library Operating (PLOG), Public Library Pay Equity (PE), and/or First Nation Salary Supplement (FNSS) Grants is completed through one single application form. In order to apply, you are required to meet program eligibility and complete the necessary program requirements for each grant program annually.

Public Library Operating Grants (PLOG)
Library operating grants are statutory under the Public Libraries Act. Library operating funding goes to:
• Public Library Boards and First Nations public libraries; and
• Municipalities, Local Service Boards or First Nations that establish a contract for library service with a neighbouring public library board.

Public Library Pay Equity (PE) and First Nation Salary Supplement (FNSS) Grants
Those applicants currently receiving a Public Library Operating Grant who have met all program terms and conditions may be eligible for Public Library Pay Equity and First Nation Salary Supplement grants.


The program deadline has passed and the Ministry is no longer accepting applications.

Eligibility Requirements

The Public Library Operating, Pay Equity and First Nation Salary Supplement Grants are distributed to recipients operating a public library in accordance with the Public Libraries Act, who are currently receiving a Public Library Operating Grant and have met all grant program terms and conditions.

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Program Information

What’s New?

“Grants Ontario” system has a new name. It is now called “TRANSFER PAYMENT ONTARIO (TPON)”. Additional information is available on the welcome page.


This is a two-step process. Firstly, create your ONe-Key account and ID. Secondly, register in Transfer Payment Ontario (TPON) system. Complete steps are outlined on “Submitting for funding” web page.

If you have already registered and have your ONe-Key account and ID, you DO NOT need to register again.

Retrieve the Application form:
Once you have registered, LOG IN using your ONe-Key ID and password to start a new online application in Transfer Payment Ontario (TPON).

The Application Instructions provides visuals and step by step instructions on how to complete the Transfer Payment Ontario application.

Grant Program Requirements for 2019-20:

All eligible library applicants should review the Program Application Guidelines for the 2019-20 Public Library Operating, Pay Equity, and First Nation Salary Supplement Grants (2019-20 Guidelines) before starting a new online application form in Transfer Payment Ontario.

Other Documents You May Need:

Pay Equity Report
If your library received a Pay Equity (PE) grant in the previous year, a customized Pay Equity Report for your library can be found in Transfer Payment Ontario system, under Organization Attachment section. Please refer to the 2019-20 Guidelines for details.

Electronic Funds Transfer Application Form
If your banking information has changed in any way, you MUST submit a new Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) form.


Transfer Payment Ontario (TPON) Client Care assistance:

Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

    • Telephone: 416-325-6691 or 1-855-216-3090

    • TTY/Teletypewriter (for the hearing impaired): 416-325-3408 / Toll free: 1-800-268-7095

    • Email: TPONCC@ontario.ca

Ministry staff:

Mima Casola
Culture Programs Advisor
Telephone: 416-314-7613
Email: mima.casola@ontario.ca

Diana Tudoran
Program Officer
Telephone: 416-314-7747
Email: diana.tudoran@ontario.ca

Last updated: October 24, 2019