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Advocacy FAQ

Is there a deadline for the letters of support?

Yes. The federal government is currently drafting the budget which will be released by the end of March. Letters should be sent to MPs and government officials by mid March. We would appreciate letters being sent by mid-March.  

For media enquires, contact:

Kevin Millsip, Executive Director, BC Libraries Cooperative, NNELS
kevin.millsip@bc.libraries.coop
Cell: 604-837-5767

Daniella Levy-Pinto, Project Coordinator, NNELS
daniella.levy-pinto@bc.libraries.coop

Where do I send the letters?

You can find your MP and their contact information by searching with your postal code.

The federal ministers responsible for this decision is: 

The Hon. Carla Qualtrough,
Email: Carla.Qualtrough@parl.gc.ca
Mailing Address:
5064 – 48th Avenue
Delta, British Columbia
V4K 1V8
Telephone: 778-593-4007

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Chrystia Freeland,
Email: chrystia.freeland@canada.ca
Mailing Address:
344 Bloor Street West
Suite 510
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3A7
Telephone: 416-928-1451

The opposition Members of Parliment:

Conservative MP Raquel Dancho
Email: Raquel.Dancho@parl.gc.ca
Mailing Address:
27 Red River Boulevard West
Unit B
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2V 4E2
Telephone: 204-984-6322
Fax: 204-984-6415

NDP MP Daniel Blaikie
Email: Daniel.Blaikie@parl.gc.ca
Mailing Address:
1111 Munroe Avenue
Suite 207
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2K 3Z5
Telephone: 204-984-2499
Fax: 204-984-2502

You can download sample letters here.

Where can I find more information about NNELS?

You can find more information on our About us page. We’ve also put together some interesting facts about NNELS you can use in your communications. 

How are NNELS services funded?

The digital platform for NNELS, and its core delivery services, are funded and supported by the provincial governments of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon. The service provider for NNELS is the BC Libraries Cooperative, a non-profit Community Services Cooperative which is a shared service provider to libraries and library-related organizations in Canada.

Initiatives falling outside the core delivery services of NNELS are funded through the Federal Government grant, as described above.

Why is NNELS working with CELA on this initiative?

We believe it is essential that NNELS and CELA speak together on behalf of all those with print disabilities to persuade the federal government to restore funding.