CNIB Receives Interim Funding for Library Operations


TORONTO CNIB is pleased to announce it has received a one-time grant from the Federal Government of just over $7 million to support the CNIB Library, Canada’s largest producer of alternative-format material.

“For quite some time now, we’ve been working towards the goal of helping develop a sustainable, equitable, nationwide library service for all Canadians with print disabilities,” said John Rafferty, president and CEO, CNIB. “This grant is an important milestone in our journey, as it will ensure our library collection and infrastructure will be maintained while we continue to focus on finding a long-term solution.”

Announced at CNIB’s head offices in Toronto by the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, the $7 million grant will be designated towards the expansion of CNIB’s library collection and service enhancements for library clients and partners.

Founded in 1918, the CNIB Library is Canada’s first and largest library dedicated to serving Canadians with vision loss. With a collection of more than 80,000 titles and an operating budget funded through charitable dollars, it is Canada’s largest producer of books, magazines and newspapers in formats such as braille and accessible audio. The library circulates approximately two million hard copy and digital items every year.

Building a long-term solution to keep the library service operational will require an active and engaged partnership among all levels of government, public libraries, publishers, end users and national organizations representing people with print disabilities, said Rafferty. 

“With interim funding in place and our current operations secure, CNIB can focus onFrom left: Cathy Moore and John Rafferty (CNIB), Maria Fitton, CNIB client, Honourable Rona Ambrose, Sen. Reverend Don Meredith critical next steps towards developing a new service model that will ensure all Canadians with print disabilities can enjoy their right to read.”

Pictured from left to right:
Cathy Moore, National Director, Government and Consumer Relations, CNIB
John Rafferty, President & CEO, CNIB
Maria Fitton, CNIB Library client
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women
The Honourable Senator Reverend Don Meredith

For more information, please contact:

Melita Vega
Manager, Marketing & Communications
T: 416-486-2500 ext. 7715

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