Nipigon Public Library (NPL) was a Community Access Program (CAP) site from 1997 until the program end in 2012.  Our library continues to provide computer and WiFi access.   NPL strives to access Industry Canada’s Youth Internship Program to work on computer and internet related projects.

Site resources include:

  • Computer Stations with internet access
  • Wireless internet (must rejoin after each hour of use)
  • Printing / Scanning / Photocopying / Laminating / access to Microfilm-fiche reader
  • Computer software: Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Publisher, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Proctoring is available — ask a staff member
  • External dvd player, external floppy A drive available
  • Victor DAISY reader
  • books, newspapers, magazines, dvd’s, audio books, knitting needles, fishing tackle (TackleShare), Chess set

Phone Nipigon Public Library at 887-3142 if you have questions about our services, or if you do not see a service listed above that you would like more information on.


History of CAP

The Community Access Program (CAP) was a Government of Canada initiative, administered by Industry Canada. It aimed to provide Canadians with affordable public access to the Internet and the skills they need to use it effectively. Federal, provincial and territorial governments combined offered CAP through: community groups, social agencies, libraries, schools, volunteer groups and the business community. CAP helped Canadians everywhere take advantage of emerging opportunities in the new global knowledge-based economy. Under CAP, public locations like schools, libraries and community centers act as “on-ramps” to the Information Highway, and provided computer support and training. CAP was the key component of the Government of Canada’s Connecting Canadians initiative, whose goal wass to make Canada the most connected nation in the world. CAP started in 1994 in rural communities with populations up to 50,000. Then in December 1999 CAP was rolled out to larger population centers of over 50,000. By March 31, 2001, Industry Canada established public Internet access sites in 10,000 rural, remote and urban communities across Canada. CAP sites increasingly joined together in networking opportunities enabling them to pool resources and form networks to be able to offer even more to their communities. The CAP funding program for hardware and software ended March 2012.  Industry Canada Youth Internship funding continues for the time being. CAP Sites provided the general public, community organizations and small businesses with affordable access to the Internet and related information technologies. Other related objectives included:

  • Promoting public awareness of the benefits and opportunities of using information technologies and services
  • Helping citizens become better informed through the exchange of ideas and information
  • Coaching individuals in the use of services available through information technologies
  • Supporting on-line delivery of government programs and services
  • Facilitating business activities such as electronic commerce


Nipigon CAP History

After securing federal funding under the Community Access Program in 1997, members of the CAP steering committee began a selection process in order to set up our public Internet Access site. Our site was funded until the revised program ended in March 2012.

Site Partnerships:

Nipigon Public Library

Corporation of the Township of Nipigon

Southern Ontario Library Service

Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Industry Canada

Ontario Library Association


Guidelines and Policies

Children under the age of 18 must have a parent sign a disclaimer in order to use the internet.  This form expires is only good for two (2) years and then a new one must be completed and on file.  Patrons must respect the integrity of the Library’s computers and utilize only those programs and services posted on each computer. Patrons may not use their on software programs on library computers. This will help prevent computer viruses. Online Chat is not allowed on library computer stations. There is a fee for printing, scanning and faxes.  The guidelines and policies are posted at the library.

Last updated on January 24, 2019.