Ontario Provides Over $12 Million in Funding Allocations to Elgin-Middlesex-London MunicipalitiesPublished on November 02, 2020
ELGIN-MIDDLESEX-LONDON — The Ontario government is delivering on its commitment to maintain the $500 million program envelope and structure for the 2021 Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF). As announced at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario annual conference in August 2020, the Ontario government is maintaining the overall structure of the program, providing much needed stability to municipalities.
As part of that support, the 2021 total allocation among Elgin-Middlesex-London’s municipalities is $12,139,100. Specific allocations are as follows:
- Town of Aylmer: $1,495,700
- Municipality of Bayham: $870,100
- Municipality of Central Elgin: $683,900
- Municipality of Dutton Dunwich: $414,200
- County of Elgin: $454,400
- Malahide Township: $793,300
- County of Middlesex: $432,400
- Southwold Township: $393,500
- City of St. Thomas: $3,707,900
- Municipality of Thames Centre: $855,600
- Municipality of West Elgin: $1,920,000
“Elgin-Middlesex-London’s municipal leaders have been clear that stability and clarity from the province is critical to their budgetary planning amidst the pandemic’s added pressures,” said MPP Yurek. “I look forward to continued collaboration with area mayors and councillors to ensure that all municipalities have what they need to serve residents now and in the future.”
The OMPF is the Province's main general assistance grant that supports 389 municipalities, with a special emphasis on northern and rural communities. This funding is intended to provide municipalities with flexibility to address the needs of their communities, based on their own local priorities.
"Our government recognizes the importance of certainty and stability for municipalities, particularly in these challenging times. That’s why we are announcing the allocations for the 2021 OMPF today — consistent with our commitment last year to make sure our partners have the information they need, when they need it, to plan their budgets," said Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance. “Our government will continue to work together with municipal governments to build a strong foundation for Ontario’s long-term economic recovery, and to improve the quality of life for the people across the province.”
The 2021 OMPF will provide a $5 million enhancement to further support northern and rural municipalities. This includes a $3 million increase to the Northern and Rural Fiscal Circumstances Grant to further support northern and rural municipalities with challenging fiscal circumstances and a $2 million increase to the Rural Communities Grant to further support rural municipalities with the highest levels of farmland.
Maintaining the existing funding envelope and structure of the OMPF program for 2021 fulfils a commitment made by Premier Doug Ford during the Association of Municipalities of Ontario's annual conference in August 2020.
- The OMPF recognizes the challenges of northern and rural municipalities, while targeting funding to those with more challenging fiscal circumstances. The program also supports areas with limited property assessment; and assists municipalities that are adjusting to year-over-year funding changes.
- The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, is providing up to $4 billion in one-time assistance to Ontario’s municipalities and transit systems as part of the Safe Restart Agreement.
- Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund <<link to fin.gov.on.ca>>
- Ontario and Municipalities Work Towards a Strong Economic Recovery
- Safe Restart Agreement