The Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF)
The 2020 Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) allocations have been issued. The funding envelope has decreased by $5 million to $500 million, which will be distributed among 389 municipalities in Ontario. The OMPF structure remains as it was in 2019.
The OMPF is the Province’s main general assistance grant to municipalities. The program primarily supports northern and rural municipalities across the province. Its objectives are to:
1) Recognize the challenges of northern and rural municipalities, while targeting funding to those with more challenging fiscal circumstances;
2) support areas with limited property assessment; and
3) assist municipalities that are adjusting to year-over-year funding changes.
In December 2018, then-Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli sent a letter to Councils announcing that the OMPF would be under review. MFOA noted the importance of the OMPF in our pre-budget submission.
In the 2019 Ontario Budget, the provincial government notes in the section on Renewing the Partnership with Municipalities that it is this government’s commitment to “driving greater efficiencies and value for money,” which they say will require a commitment from all partners, which includes municipalities. Throughout the budget, and suggested by the volume of ongoing and upcoming consultations, the Province signals that it is looking for efficiencies in all areas; this includes long-standing funding and governance arrangements.
MFOA continues to advocate on behalf of our members. We will update this page with resources and news related to the OMPF. For any questions please contact Shira Babins (firstname.lastname@example.org).