Legislation and public libraries
Learn about the provincial and federal rules that affect public libraries in Ontario.
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The Public Libraries Act and Regulation 976
The Public Libraries Act helps ensure free, equitable access to public library service in Ontario.
This Act lays the framework for the development of province-wide mandatory standards on accessibility in all areas of daily life.
The Municipal Act, 2001 governs municipal governance and powers. The Municipal Statute Law Amendment Act, 2006 amends various Acts in relation to municipalities.
This Act provides the statutory framework for not-for-profit corporations, including charitable corporations, as well as the legislation and rules governing Ontario insurance companies.
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
These Acts govern personal information protection and access to information held by thousands of provincial and local public sector organizations.
- information for public libraries about Ontario’s Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
The Child, Youth and Family Services Act governs many provincial programs and services for children and youth. It is important that librarians familiarize themselves with this legislation and the grounds for finding a child in need of protection.
The purpose of Canada’s Copyright Act is to provide protection for all original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and also to provide protection for the expression of ideas.