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  • October 24, 2008


Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund Provides Additional Funding

October 24, 2008

The Ontario government is providing York Region with $297,097 as a result of the final reconciliation of the 2006 Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF), announced York Region MPPs Michael Chan, Reza Moridi, Dr. Helena Jaczek and Greg Sorbara.

“I am pleased to announce this additional OMPF funding for York Region,” said Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville. “Our government is committed to supporting municipalities in their delivery of services to taxpayers.”

Fifty-three municipalities will receive a total increase of $20.6 million in their 2007 OMPF allocations and 17 municipalities will receive a total increase of $3.4 million in their 2006 OMPF allocations.

“In spite of the economy growing more slowly than we would like it to, the province and its municipal partners are working together to ensure the ongoing delivery of services that are important to Ontarians,” said Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan.

As of January 2008, the Province is fully responsible for Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) program costs, removing this burden from the municipal property tax base. As the Premier announced in August 2007, the Province will also be fully responsible for Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) costs by 2011. As a result, the costs borne by municipalities for social programs will continue to fall.

“This government will continue to respect and strengthen Ontario's municipalities by providing funding and building strong public services together,” said Jim Watson, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.


  • The OMPF:
    • assists municipalities with their share of social program costs
    • supports areas with limited property assessment
    • addresses challenges faced by northern and rural communities
    • helps fund policing costs in rural communities.

The Ministry of Finance calculates reconciliation when final data for social programs and policing costs for a given year become available.

  • Municipalities can receive additional funding if those costs exceed the original estimates for that year.
  • When the OMPF was introduced, the government committed to regularly updating the OMPF.

Additional funding for municipalities:

  • In 2008, municipalities and their infrastructure needs were chosen as the recipients of the 2007-2008 surplus through the new Investing in Ontario Act (IOA). Investing in municipal infrastructure means more jobs in the short term and improved prosperity in the long run.
  • Through IOA, municipalities will be able to address immediate infrastructure needs in their communities, whether it is to improve roads and bridges, expand transit or upgrade social housing.

See how Ontario supports strong urban and rural communities across the province, including through the OMPF

Read more about the Investing in Ontario Act

Learn more about how the ODB and ODSP uploads will help Ontario municipalities.

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