Library organizations across Canada are responding with concern to the federal government's recent cuts to the Community Access Program (CAP). The Program has provided funds for libraries to provide free or low-cost internet access, as well as training and technical support.
Statements have been released from the Canadian Library Association, and the BC Library Association regarding the negative impact of these cuts on the public, particularly low income, vulnerable and rural citizens. A breakdown of the $515,000 cuts to BC libraries is also available.
LawMatters consultation with BC public librarians confirms that libraries are heavily used for access to the ever-growing amounts of government information, court forms and registration to programs only available online.
An article in the Tyee by Miachael Geist discusses the fact that the cuts will increase the digital divide between those who have access to the Internet, and those who do not.