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Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund

Backgrounder January 13, 2022

Municipal Implications

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.

For 2022, the overall envelope remains stable at $500 million. This stability has been very valuable to municipalities.  Various program changes in recent years have also helped to ensure funding is appropriately targeted to municipalities that need it the most. This is especially important when considering the fact that the total funding envelope has not changed in several years. 

More recently, some of the OMPF’s overall reach has been blunted by the effects of inflation.  In 2023, AMO will seek the government’s consideration of a funding envelope that is paced with inflationary pressures to better reflect local economic and fiscal circumstances.  AMO’s 2023 pre-budget submission will highlight this issue in greater detail and within the context of substantial recent increases to provincial infrastructure grants and pandemic related assistance to municipalities.

Background

OMPF funding supports local frontline services in 389 municipalities across Ontario. OMPF changes can have a big impact on local property tax rates or service levels. For example, a 1% property tax increase raises just $50,000 for almost half of Ontario’s municipal governments.

The Ministry of Finance continues to hold annual meetings with municipal treasurers to discuss the future of the Fund, its design, and ongoing evolution. These deliberations have helped to inform some of the provincial government’s funding decisions.

Historical OMPF Allocation (in millions of $):

Component

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

Assessment Equalization Grant

149

149

149

149

149

149

149

149

149

Northern Communities Grant

79

79

84

84

89

89

89

89

89

Rural Communities Grant

138

138

143

148

150

150

150

152

154

Northern and Rural Fiscal Circumstances Grant

50

55

 67

82

89

89

89

92

93

Transitional and Stabilization Grants

134

94

61

41

33

28

23

18

16

TOTAL OMPF

550

515

505

505

510

505

500

500

500

Contact:

Craig Reid
Senior Advisor