October 24, 2019

oday, the Ministry of Finance issued 2020 allocation notices from the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF). The total funding envelope to municipalities will decrease by $5 million to $500 million. These dollars are distributed to 389 municipalities across the province and provide unconditional operating support for local frontline services.  

At the 2019 AMO Annual Conference, Premier Ford announced that there would be, “no changes to the structure” of the OMPF for 2020. The $5 million reduction will come from the Transition and Stabilization Grant component in keeping with recent practice. Allocations to all other grant components remain as they were in 2019.

Letters to Heads of Council and Treasurers are being sent at this time. Allocation notices may also be viewed on the Ministry’s website.

The Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) provides unconditional operating support from the Province to municipal governments. It uses an equalization approach to address challenges in rural and northern communities, with funding based on various community fiscal health indicators.

Historical OMPF Allocations (in millions of $):
 
Component 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Assessment Equalization Grant 149 149 149 149 149 149 149
Northern Communities Grant 79 79 84 84 89 89 89
Rural Communities Grant 138 138 143 148 150 150 150
Northern & Rural Fiscal Circumstances Grant 50 55 67 82 89 89 89
Transitional and Stabilization Grants 134 94 61 41 33 28 23
TOTAL OMPF 550 515 505 505 510 505 500