Poets in the Schools


We are currently funding visits taking place before April 1, 2019.

SPECIAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: As a special effort to facilitate poetry in classrooms, the League is excited to be able to fund 100% of a poet’s visit fee through to March 31, 2019, according to our program rates.

Are you hoping to bring a poet to your classroom? Find a poet in our Poets in the Schools directory here! The League will fund a poet’s travel, accommodation, and honorarium to bring them to schools anywhere in Ontario. Be sure to confirm the dates and times of a visit with a poet before submitting an application!

Are you a League poet hoping to arrange a school visit? The office does not arrange school visits, so we encourage you to contact schools and teachers directly to let them know about the opportunity to have your visit funded by the League! Most Ontario schools are eligible, and you can view a list of schools that have participated in the program recently here.

Applications for Poets in the Schools funding must be made by a teacher or administrator at the host school. There is no fee to apply, and applications must be made 3-4 weeks in advance of the visit. Download the 2018-2019 PITS application form and submission guidelines here. Completed applications can be e-mailed to readings@poets.ca.

Thank you to all the schools who participate in Poets in the Schools! We appreciate all the teachers who go out of their way to advocate for poetry in the classroom. View a list of participating schools here.

This program, funded by the Ontario Arts Council, funds League members’ reading fees and expenses for eligible readings at Ontario secondary and elementary schools.


This program reimburses a poet’s travel, accommodation, and meal expenses, and also issues them an honorarium at the following rates:

  • $300 for a full-day visit (180 minutes)
  • $200 for a half-day visit (60 minutes)

Some poets may have their own rates for school visits that differ from our program rates – in those cases, the school is responsible for discussing and providing any additional payment directly to the poet.


This program can only provide funding to League members. If you are a poet interested in joining the League, visit poets.ca/join for more information!

Only Ontario schools are eligible to receive funding for poets through this program. (For programs in other provinces and territories, click here.)

Poets residing outside of Ontario are welcome to participate in the Poets in the Schools program if they will be visiting Ontario, but do need to be pre-approved to do so. Please contact nicole@poets.ca to discuss planning and reimbursement.

Applications must be submitted by a teacher or administrator at the host school. For tips on applying and/or arranging applications, check out our main funding page. Visit our FAQ for more information on funding applications as well!


  • Hosts and poets are notified via e-mail once their application for funding has been processed
  • Payments from the League are made directly to the poet following the visit, upon receipt of their finalized paperwork
  • Funding for cancelled readings may not be held by a host and is not transferable.
  • Funded readings must acknowledge the support of and use logos for the League and the Ontario Arts Council on all promotional materials. Find logos on our logo page.
  • Funding is limited and distributed on a first come, first served basis.


  • Poets must be Full members of the League of Canadian Poets
  • Membership Dues must be paid in full
  • Poets are limited to ten (10) full day/20 half-day visits per fiscal year
  • Hosts are limited to ten (10) full day/20 half-day visits per fiscal year
  • Open to elementary/secondary schools in Ontario only.


The League will cover reasonable expenses incurred during the poet’s visit as follows:

Travel by car – Mileage is paid at 42¢/km. For travel greater than 100 kms poet may not claim mileage amount greater than the cheapest form of mass transit (bus, train, etc.) without prior approval from League office. Mileage calculations do not require receipts.

Travel by taxi – Poet may use a taxi to get to and from a school that is outside of poet’s hometown in a neighbouring municipality. The League will not cover taxi fare for trips within poet’s own hometown.

Travel by bus/train – Will be reimbursed for most reasonably priced fare available.

Travel by air – Airfare must be confirmed and approved by the League office prior to booking. The League will not cover cost of previously approved airfare if trip is changed or cancelled, except in cases of medical/personal emergency, with documentation provided.

Meals – Maximum per diems are $30.00 for full day and $18.00 for a half day with dated receipts.

Accommodation – The League will cover reasonable accommodation costs, not exceeding $90.00 per night.

Poets residing outside of Ontario are also welcome to participate in the poets in the school program if they will be visiting Ontario, but do need to be pre-approved to do so. Please contact nicole@poets.ca to discuss planning and reimbursement.