Yesterday the Ministry of Finance issued the 2017 allocation notices for funding under the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF). 388 municipalities across the province will receive OMPF funding in 2017. See below for more details on 2017 allocations. While the overall funding envelope will remain steady at $505 million, there are a number of changes as part of the 2017 funding announcement, including:
- A 15% cut for municipalities in southern Ontario (same as 2016)
- A 10% cut for municipalities in northern Ontario (same as 2016)
- A reallocation of $15 million to specifically target municipalities that are faced with challenging fiscal circumstances
- A reallocation of $5 million to target rural communities with a high percentage of farmland
The 2017 OMPF provides a guaranteed minimum level of funding in order to help municipalities as they adjust to changes in the program as part of its redesign in 2014.