Briefs Submitted and Presentations Made

From time to time the Canadian Library Association prepares written and oral comments on government initiatives. Often prepared upon the request of the government, these papers outline and provide descriptions of the real and potential impact of government activities on library programs and make recommendations on various courses of action.

National Summit on Libraries and Literacy, June 2006

In June 2006, the Canadian Library Association’s Action for Literacy Interest Group hosted the second National Summit on Libraries and Literacy. The Summit brought together adult learners, librarians and representatives from literacy organizations to discuss and develop action plans for the advancement of literacy through libraries.

The Summit also resulted in a wealth of information. Please follow the links to the Background Reports (both official languages); the Summit Proceedings; and the evaluation.

The Canadian Library Association appreciates the support of the following organizations to help make the Summit happen: National Literacy Secretariat, Government of Canada; Libraries and Archives Canada – Bibliothèque et Archives Canada;  Canada Post; AlphaPlus Centre; Canadian Urban Libraries Council;, National Adult Literacy Database; Toronto Public Library; Vancouver Public Library.


On occasion, members of Executive Council, the Executive Director and others in the association submit correspondence in support of initiatives, resolutions passed at the Annual General Meeting or to respond to concerns affecting the library community. In this new section, all of this correspondence is gathered together. See what the association is doing to represent your interests.

Library Book Rate

Introduced in 1939, the Library Rate (commonly called the Library Book Rate) assists in extending library services to rural and remote areas. Through an agreement with the Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Post provides a discount to libraries mailing print materials to their users or other libraries. Canada Post estimates that the cost to provide delivery for the estimated three million shipments under this program is $10 million per year; the program generates approximately $1.3 to $2 million in revenue to Canada Post. The cost of the loss of this discount for libraries and their users is incalculable.

Click here for more information on the Library Materials Rate.

Study of the Library Book Rate
Prepared for: Department of Canadian Heritage
Fuse Communications and Public Affairs; ASM Advanced Strategic Management Consultants
August 2002 (archived links no longer live)

Aussi disponsible en français: (archived links no longer live)

CLA/ACB Submission to Canada Post Strategic Review,  September 2008

The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques filed a written submission to the Canada Post Corporation Strategic Review, focussing on the Library Book Rate.

The submission is available here