Ontario Bringing More Canadian Books to Classrooms
New Investment Aims to Enrich Children’s Learning Experience
Ontario is bringing more Canadian literature -- such as fiction, plays and poetry -- into schools across Ontario, to enrich the learning experience of students in the classroom.
Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister Eleanor McMahon was at Cherokee Public School in Toronto today to announce the new Canadian Books in Ontario Schools Fund.
The fund is a three-year pilot project that will support publishers to create supplementary resources, including curriculum-linked lesson plans, activities and discussion guides, to complement acclaimed works of Canadian literature. These new resources will support learning and teaching through the curriculum for kids from kindergarten to grade 12.
Developed through consultations with education professionals, teachers and Ontario-based publishers, the fund will be administered by the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Resources may also be considered for online distribution through TVO's TeachOntario.
Bringing more Canadian books into the classroom is an important way to expose children to Canada's best authors and stories, and will help introduce these works to a whole new generation.
- The Canadian Books in Ontario Schools Fund is a key commitment in Ontario’s Culture Strategy, launched in July 2016. The fund is a three-year, $250,000 per year pilot project.
- The supplementary resources developed from the first round of grants will be available for the 2018 school year.
- In Ontario classrooms teachers use two categories of learning resources to support their instructional practice: textbooks and supplementary resources.
- Teachers, school librarians and school boards decide what supplementary resources are used in the classroom.