For Immediate Release
October 22, 2021
Ontario provides early notice and much-needed stability to municipalities for 2022
Simcoe — The Ontario government is announcing 2022 funding allocations under the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF), the Province’s main general assistance grant to municipalities. Norfolk County is set to receive $6,091,700 while Haldimand County will see $4,084,200.
“Our government recognizes the importance of the OMPF to communities across the province,” said Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett. “I am pleased that both counties of Haldimand and Norfolk will continue to benefit from this important provincial program.’
Ontario has been consulting with municipalities on their priorities for the OMPF. Throughout these discussions, municipal partners have stressed the importance of stability and predictability, particularly during these uncertain times. Ontario is responding by maintaining both the structure of the OMPF and the program envelope at $500 million for 2022, as committed at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s annual conference in August 2021.
“Predictable and timely financial support from the Province is essential for budget planning in small and rural municipalities,” said AMO President Graydon Smith. “The early rollout of stable 2022 Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund allocations sets the stage for effective budget planning for the for year ahead.”
- The OMPF supports 389 municipalities across the province. The funding provided through the program is unconditional and can be used to support the local priorities and specific needs of each community.
- The Ontario government recognizes the unique challenges of northern and rural municipalities, while targeting funding to those facing difficult fiscal circumstances. The program supports areas with limited property assessment; and assists municipalities that are adjusting to year-over-year funding changes.
For more information, please contact MPP Toby Barrett at 519-428-0446, 905-765-8413 or 1-800-903-8629