Local Municipalities to Receive More Than $5.3 Million

Published on November 19, 2020

MPP Dave Smith announces that the City of Peterborough, County of Peterborough, Selwyn, Havelock, North Kawartha and Trent Lakes will receive higher amounts of funding through the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund. 

Ontario Provides $500 Million in Funding Allocations to Municipalities

Targeted support ensures stability and certainty for 2021 municipal planning



November 19, 2020


Selwyn — 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


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.”


“These are challenging times – all levels of government are facing unique issues which require a united front, MPP Dave Smith said. “This funding for our municipalities will be vital to support their financial wellbeing – keeping them in a position where they can protect services for our constituents,” MPP Smith added 


“As a small, rural municipality North Kawartha is greatly appreciative of the OMPF.  This annual funding enables us to plan and budget for necessary services and infrastructure investments.  It helps level the playing field for those municipalities with limited property assessments,” said Mayor Carolyn Amyotte.


“The announcement of OMPF funding for the Township of Douro-Dummer will support vital services in the Township such as our road system, waste management services and access to recreational opportunities. The small increase in funding over 2020 will assist the Township in making sure every dollar counts. OMPF funding is critical to the Township maintaining a tax rate that respects the tax payer while ensuring that investments in infrastructure and municipal assets can be completed ensuring long term stability for the Township. We look forward to continuing to work with the Province on this and many other programs,” said Mayor J. Murray Jones.


“We appreciate this finance boost especially at this time we all know that a great deal of our infrastructure is  40 plus years old and the strain on our budgets is very critical thanks for the timely announcement,” Mayor Janet Clarkson Trent lakes


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.



OMPF Allocation





North Kawartha


Selwyn Township


Trent Lakes






  • 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.











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