Ian Howard
Ian Howard

Ron Charles has agreed to serve as Secretary in the interim period. Send all information intended for the secretary to


The OLBA is looking one more Host Club for the 2019 Championships

The OLBA needs a host for the Pairs. Single green clubs welcome.

It has never been easier to host. You can serve food or not serve food. You do not need to have scoreboard flippers.

Contact Tom Roth

for details. 


Dates Set for 2019 Canadian Youth and Indoor Singles Championships

Ottawa, ON | January 25th, 2019


The dates and venue have been set for the 2019 Canadian Youth Championships. The Juan de Fuca Lawn Bowling Club in Victoria, BC will host the event from August 6-10, 2019.

The Juan de Fuca bowls club is no stranger to hosting national championships, having recently hosted the Canadian Lawn Bowling Championships in 2017. As one of just three clubs in Canada with four greens, the club is eager to host Canada’s top youth bowlers in both the Under 18 and Under 25 categories.

The dates for the Canadian Indoor Singles Championships have also been set. The Pacific Indoor Bowls Club (PIBC) will host the event once more, from October 21 to 26, 2019. This will be the 16th year that the PIBC has hosted the Canadian Indoor Singles Championships. “We look forward to hosting the event and wish to extend a warm welcome to players across the country to our facility,” said Serge Pannu, chair of the Host Organizing Committee.


All dates and venues for the 2019 national championships have now been finalized. For more information on all events, please visit


Clubs interested in hosting a national championship in 2020 or beyond are encouraged to view the hosting schedule at to determine when their province is scheduled to host a national championship.

For more information, please contact:Jake Schuknecht, Bowls Development Officer, Bowls Canada


Nominating Chair Named for OLBA AGM Elections


Elections to the OLBA board take place at our AGM on April 27 in the Woodstock at Quality Hotel & Suites Woodstock, 580 Bruin Blvd, Woodstock.

Our Nominations Chair is Ken Armstrong

who is the District Chair for District 9. 

Watch for details about our election process and open positions. 




New Indoor Lawn Bowling in Stratford Ontario

A new indoor sports facility has been built in Stratford in the old Blackstone factory on Romeo Street. So far he has installed a large carpeted area used mostly for soccer and baseball practices but there is one area that is quite good for lawn bowling. (we played about 20 ends last Wed.) It is a little heavy but still fun. He charges us $5 and we can bowl as long as we want.He has an indoor plastic skating rink for hockey complete with boards and plexiglass, three indoor golf nets, a putting green, weight room. Dave Koert has bowled there a few times and would welcome anyone interested in trying it to contact him. (his email is we get enough interest in indoor lawn bowling in the winter, he may invest in a 80 or 90ft faster carpet that we could use on the plastic ice surface.


From CBC

Ontario Trillium Foundation $15M cut to make 'significant difference' to non-profit organization, charities

The Ford government announced a $15M reduction to the OTF at the beginning of January 2019

Christina Jung · CBC News · Posted: Jan 18, 2019 3:57 PM ET | Last Updated: January 21


According to the media relations officer with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, in 2018-19, the OTF invested $68 million in local community programs across the province. (Ontario Trillium Foundation / Facebook)

The MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North says he's "very disappointed and not happy" to find out that the Ford government has decided to cut approximately $15 million from the Ontario Trillium Foundation's (OTF) 2018-19 budget.

"This is an incredibly important fund particularly for not-for-profit agencies all across the province, but certainly those in Thunder Bay and the district of Thunder Bay," Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle told CBC News. "It will make a significant difference in the available funds for the programs they are trying to move forward."

The OTF is a provincial government agency that provides funding to not-for-profit organizations and charities in Ontario to help launch projects and cover costs for major renovations and upgrades.

"There are hundreds upon hundreds of examples of not-for-profit organizations that have relied on the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Ontario Trillium Fund for them to be able to move forward on projects that are vital to their existence," Gravelle added, "so a $15 million reduction is obviously significant."

He said he's concerned that further cuts may be on the way.

"I will be doing what I can certainly as a local member of parliament and a member for Thunder Bay-Superior North to try to persuade the government that indeed they need to put those funds back into the program and certainly not consider making further cuts," Gravelle said, adding that he hasn't spoken to any organization that has been affected by this cut just yet.

13 per cent cut

The OTF is the only province-wide grant system that supports "all parts of the not-for-profit sector," according to the executive director of the Ontario Nonprofit Network.

"So whether you're an arts organization, a sports organization, social service, Indigenous organization and even small municipalities of a certain size receive trillium funding, so it really is the only funding source that's applicable and open to all non-profit and charities in Ontario," Cathy Taylor explained.

She said the OTF's annual budget is around $115 million, so a $15 million funding cut is "quite significant" especially since it affects the current fiscal budget.

"This cut is not for next year," Taylor added, "it's actually finding $15 million in their budget this year, which ends [on] March 31. So it's an in-year budget cut, nine months into the year."


Ontario Nonprofit Network executive director, Cathy Taylor (centre) is encouraging non-profit organizations and charities in the province to contact their local MPPs to let them know how important the Ontario Trillium Foundation is to them. (Ontario Nonprofit Network )

That means organizations with grants that haven't been approved and future proposals submitted might "not get funded ... because the funds simply won't be there."

"We believe that organizations that have a commitment from trillum already will continue to receive the funds that they have," Taylor said, adding that organizations that have not yet been approved for funding and those in the process of applying will be "most affected."

She said there are about 58,000 non-profit organizations and charities in the province and many of them are concerned about the uncertainty of what will happen moving forward. Funds provided by OTF are also valued because organizations have a good deal of freedom to use them as they see fit, she said.

"Whether its a new roof or a new freezer at a food bank or a staff person to manage a driving person in rural Ontario, trillium is that one source of funding that's more flexible and that's open to across the province," Taylor said, "so it will be really difficult to replace this kind of funding on such short term notice."

OTF a 'big go-to for initial' funding on projects

In northwestern Ontario, the OTF has provided funding to hundreds of non-profit organizations, charities and towns.

According to officials from the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport, Ontario's funding agency has invested approximately $68 million in local community programs this past year.

That includes organizations like Roots to Harvest, Lakehead Social Planning Council, and EcoSuperior.

"A lot of the programs you see today at Roots to Harvest are a result of the trillium grants that we've been able to continue," Roots to Harvest executive director, Erin Beagle told CBC News.


The Urban Youth Garden Program by Roots to Harvest was launched thanks to an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant. (Facebook)

She said there are three big programs in the city that they were able to launch and continue thanks to funding from OTF including the Urban Youth Garden program and the S.H.O.W (Seasonal Horticultural Outdoor Worker) program, which started in the spring of 2016.

"Our newest one is our Newcomer Kitchen," Beagle explained. "We have a really generous Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to do that one, which starts this January."

"A lot of the foundational programs that you see with Roots to Harvest, started with something like trillium."

She said the OTF has been a "big go-to for that initial" funding to launch projects.

CBC News received an email statement from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport that stated that "the previous government's handling of the province's finances left a $15 billion deficit, which has forced us to make tough decisions."


2019 OLBA Annual Cover - Photo Competition

The OLBA Annual is an important part of our efforts to attract new participants to our sport and members to our clubs. This and last year we dedicated the cover of the Annual to the display of pictures that were selected to be “inviting”.For the 2019 Annual we are looking for the “perfect” picture taken from a new and refreshing perspective, that of our members. The photos below were taken and submitted by OLBA members.Here is your chance to choose that cover picture. Consider the wonderful choices below and then cast your vote.The deadline for voting is Friday, February 15, 2019, at 10:00 p.m.​​Please - only one vote submission per OLBA member.


World Bowls Tour Championships at Potters

Watch the exciting World Bowls Tour Indoor Championships at Potters in the UK on YouTube.


Want to hire a summer student from a horticultural college to cut your greens next year? Get the federal government to help you.


Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Minister Patty Hajdu has just announced that the application period for Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 2019 has been extended. The deadline to apply is now February 3, 2019.


To ensure timely receipt of your CSJ application, please submit your application by clicking here.


If you’re looking to hire a young person this summer, the Canada Summer Jobs program can help you out. Not-for-profit employers can receive funding for up to 100% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. Public and private sector employers, with 50 or fewer full-time employees, can receive funding for up to 50% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage.


A YouTube presentation is available to help employers like you apply to CSJ in order to hire youth and create valuable summer job opportunities that strengthen our local economy and our community.


For more information on CSJ, including the eligibility criteria and application guide, visit, a Service Canada Office or call 1-800-935-5555.



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