Ontario is making it easier for people in Barrie to stay connected by increasing access to technology, digital services and training opportunities at local public libraries.
The province is supporting the Barrie Public Library to give local residents better access to resources such as Wi-Fi hot spot lending programs, computers, printers, e-readers and technology-focused training.
Improving digital resources and services in rural, remote and First Nation public libraries was one of the top three ideas selected by people during Budget Talks, the consultations for the 2017 Ontario Budget. Ontario has expanded on what was heard during the budget consultations and extended this support to all public libraries in the province.
Investing in Ontario’s public libraries is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
“Our libraries provide accessible services to the people of Barrie. This investment will support the Barrie Public Library to make services even better and continue to enrich people’s lives right here in our own community.”
- Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie
“Public libraries play a critical role in our communities by providing people with free access to information, technology and a variety of programs that support lifelong learning and skills development. With this investment, our government will continue to support libraries as they improve their services and connect more people to web-based information, training and opportunities.”
— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
“The Barrie Public Library greatly appreciates all the funding it receives. Technology in libraries enables us to explore and share our stories. It is the bridge for young and old alike to connect with the world in new and exciting ways. We are excited by the opportunities this funding will bring to the residents of Barrie.”
— Marc Saunders, CEO, Barrie Public Library
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