Lifelong learning is essential to making people successful, especially through life’s transitions.

Did you know?

  • Most businesses fail because of weak general management, weak financial management, or weak marketing capabilities.
  • 20% of youth and 29% of recent immigrant youth were unemployed in Toronto in 2012. This is an all time high.
  • People with low literacy skills and low incomes are especially vulnerable to financial crisis.

Donors support critical programs, services and collections

Financial literacy programs

Toronto Public Library offers an extensive range of programs to help people of all ages improve their understanding of personal finance. Youth learn the basic tools for budgeting and saving. Adults learn about investment choices, pension plans and retirement planning.

Business Inc.

Business Inc. is an eight-week business development program that helps entrepreneurs set their business plans in motion.

Digital literacy

In today’s economy, digital literacy is important for many careers. The Library offers programs on everything from the basics of email to 3D printing. The Foundation is currently seeking funding for a Digital Literacy Specialist to provide leadership, support and training to staff and specialists for digital learning and technology integration.

Youth Hubs

During the school year, volunteer tutors offer homework help, skill building workshops and recreational activities. This program is especially important for newcomer and at-risk families who are challenged to meet the demands of school.

Donors make life-changing programs and services possible

In addition to the above, donor support is critical for the following:

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Torontonians love the Library

The tutors do their best to help me and I’m so thankful they give their time for us just to help us on our homework.” After-school newcomer hub participant.

Its a wonderful place to learn and feel welcome for all people regardless of literacy level, age, race etc.” Library lover