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Canadian Books in Ontario Schools

The Canadian Books in Ontario Schools Fund supports publishers in the creation of robust learning materials for established works of Canadian literature, and/or collective marketing activities that will ensure that educational professionals are aware of Canadian titles suitable for use in their classrooms.

Eligible projects should have well-documented and realistic results that have an impact on the visibility of Canadian literary works with Ontario educators.

August 16, 2017 by 5:00 pm ET

The program has two streams. Eligible applicants may submit applications to one or both streams:

Supplementary Resources to Support Learning and Teaching Through the Curriculum (Individual Publisher): creation of supplementary resources to support learning and teaching through the curriculum for Canadian literature with a track record (demonstrable critical or commercial success); and 

Marketing Projects (Group/Collective): projects must include a minimum of 3 eligible companies partnering together on the project, the applicant can also be a trade association; activities must raise awareness of the availability of teacher resource guides to educational professionals, and promote educational opportunities to use Canadian literature in the classroom.

Funding Available 
Eligible applicants may apply for funding based on the following levels:

Supplementary Resources to Support Learning and Teaching Through the Curriculum (Individual Publisher): minimum $5000, maximum $15,000

Marketing Projects (Group/Collective): minimum $10,000, maximum $50,000

NOTE: Full eligibility requirements and details can be found in the OMDC Canadian Books in Ontario Schools Guidelines. Please read the guidelines completely before beginning your application. OMDC reserves the right to revise Guidelines and Application Forms.

Application Process

  • Applications must be submitted via the OMDC Online Application Portal (OAP). Applications submitted by any other method will not be accepted.
  • Before beginning an application, your company’s corporate information must be registered with the OAP. If you do not have a user account on the OAP, please go to https://apply.omdc.on.ca and click on “Register”. If your company is registered, the OMDC Canadian Books in Ontario Schools Fund deadline will appear in your dashboard. To start the application, click on “Start new application” and follow the onscreen directions to access the application form.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the application process early to allow ample time to compile and complete the necessary information. There is flexibility for completing the application form – you may begin at any time and save information as it is entered. Once saved, you can go back and edit and/or add information until the time when the application is actually submitted.
  • If you encounter problems setting up your company’s corporate information, you can email applyhelp@omdc.on.ca for assistance. This email address can also be used for any technical questions you have about the OAP.

Information Sessions 
Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an upcoming OMDC Canadian Books in Ontario Schools Fund Information Session. Please complete the online registration form by 5:00 pm ET on the day prior to the Information Session. Unregistered guests will only be accepted if space permits. The same information is provided in all sessions.

Information Session #1 – REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Thursday, July 6, 2017 (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
10:00 am - 11:30 am ET
Conference Centre, Main Floor, North Tower, 175 Bloor Street East, Toronto. (Map)

Information Session #2 – REGISTRATION IS CLOSED  

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET
 Location:   Conference Centre, Main Floor, North Tower, 175 Bloor Street East, Toronto. (Map


Thursday, July 13, 2017 (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
Time:   2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET

*Note: Access to this information session is limited. Priority will be given to persons with accessibility challenges, and registrants outside of the GTA. Online information session participants will receive an invitation via email with a link and password to login and will be able to call in via conference call during the session.

If you are interested in attending an Ontario Media Development Corporation Information Session but require it be conducted in French please send a request to programs2@omdc.on.ca by Friday, June 30, 2017 and arrangements will be made to schedule an additional session on an alternate date.

If you are interested in attending an OMDC Information Session and have additional accessibility issues that need to be considered, please contact us as above.

Guidelines, Documents and Application Form
OMDC Canadian Books in Ontario Schools Guidelines pdf icon
OMDC Canadian Books in Ontario Schools Budget Template Excel icon
Application Form/Online Application Portal

Janet Hawkins
Program Consultant, Industry Initiatives

Phone: 416-642-6698


Bianca Spence 
Program Coordinator, Industry Initiatives 
Phone: 416-642-6652


Enquiries regarding the Online Application Portal (OAP) should be directed to applyhelp@omdc.on.ca

To receive notification of upcoming deadlines and program updates, please email programs2@omdc.on.ca with your complete contact information, including your full name, company name and telephone number, as well as the name of the program that you are interested in.

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Janet Hawkins
Program Consultant, Industry Initiatives
Phone: 416-642-6698
Email: jhawkins@omdc.on.ca


Bianca Spence
Program Coordinator, Industry Initiatives
Phone: 416-642-6652
Email: programs2@omdc.on.ca

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