TORONTO, Feb. 24 /CNW/ - 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
"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
"With interim funding in place and our current operations secure, CNIB
can focus on critical next steps towards developing a new service model
that will ensure all Canadians with print disabilities can enjoy their
right to read."
CNIB passionately provides community-based support, knowledge and a national
voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the
confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. To
find out more, visit www.cnib.ca or call 1-800-563-2642.
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