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Improving Library Digital Services (ILDS) 2017-18


As you may know, on June 22, 2017, the Ministry announced a $3 million investment through the ILDS fund that will support up to 307 libraries and library organizations across the province.

The ILDS fund will improve digital resources and services in provincially funded public and First Nation public libraries to better connect people to web-based information and opportunities. To meet local needs, the program may support Wi-Fi hot spot lending programs, hardware and software resources, and technology-focused training opportunities.


Notification has gone out to all eligible recipients.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Improving Library Digital Services (ILDS) fund, you are required to meet program eligibility for the Public Library Operating (PLOG), Public Library Pay Equity (PE), and/or First Nation Salary Supplement (FNSS) Grants and complete the necessary program requirements annually.

Funding requirements for the ILDS fund are outlined in the signed Transfer Payment Agreement (TPA) and were issued to all eligible library applicants.

Program Guidelines

To complete your reporting requirements, you must complete the two required ILDS reports:

1. ILDS Final Report

2. ILDS Expenditure Report

ILDS sample Grants Ontario Final Report template

- The Final Report is in Grants Ontario and you must login to retrieve this report.

ILDS Expenditure Report template

1. Save a copy of the Expenditure Report template to your desktop. Once the report is completed, attach it to your 2017-18 ILDS case in Grants Ontario.

2. When you have completed your expenditures and assessed the impact of the purchases, you may submit your reports no later than April 25, 2018.

3. If applicable, attach your audit as outlined in the Schedule “F” of TPA.

4. Attach all promotional materials related to ILDS, for example, publications, reports, acknowledgement of the Province, survey results, etc. as outlined in the Schedule “C” and Schedule “F” of the TPA, if applicable.


Jennifer Green
Culture Programs Advisor
Tel: (416) 326-8536
Email: Jennifer.Green@ontario.ca

Sebastian Mortillaro
Program Officer
Tel: (416) 314-7126
Email: Sebastian.Mortillaro@ontario.ca

For Grants Ontario technical support contact:
• In Toronto: (416) 325-6691, or
• Toll Free: 1-855-216-3090, or

For ONe-key questions contact Service Ontario at:
416-326-1234 (GTA), or 1-800-267-8097

Last updated: September 5, 2017