Ontario Invests $5.3 Million in Rural Townships across Peterborough County

Published on November 03, 2021

Ontario Announces Municipalities’ 2022 Funding Under the $500 Million Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund

Rural Townships in Peterborough County Receive $5,318,700 to Fund Critical Services

Douro-Dummer — The Ontario government is announcing 2022 funding allocations under the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF), the province’s main general assistance grant to municipalities.

“Our local municipalities provide the on-the-ground services we rely on; roads, bridges, wastewater infrastructure, maintenance and affordable housing,” said MPP Dave Smith. “This stable source of funding, increased again this year, provides our local rural communities the opportunity to finance critical infrastructure and keep property taxes under control,” MPP Smith added.

"This OMPF funding is nothing but good news for the townships in Peterborough County. It is very much appreciated and is critical for the everyday things we need to accomplish. It is truly a partnership.”

"We are pleased that the Province is continuing with this important program to assist Municipalities. The funding for Selwyn of $ 1,068,400 will assist our community to move forward on our capital programs and to assist with targeted operational budgets,” said Andy Mitchell, Mayor of Selwyn.

Ontario has been consulting with municipalities on their priorities for the OMPF. Throughout these discussions, municipal partners have stressed the importance of stability and predictability, particularly during these uncertain times. Ontario is responding by maintaining both the structure of the OMPF and the program envelope at $500 million for 2022, as committed at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario's annual conference in August 2021.

 

Township

Funding Allocation

North Kawartha

$980,500

Selwyn

$1,068,400

Douro-Dummer

$573,400

Trent Lakes

$1,353,900

Havelock-Belmont-Methuen

$1,342,500

 

QUICK FACTS

 

  • The OMPF supports 389 municipalities across the province. The funding provided through the program is unconditional and can be used to support the local priorities and specific needs of each community.

  • The Ontario government recognizes the unique challenges of northern and rural municipalities, while targeting funding to those facing difficult fiscal circumstances. The program supports areas with limited property assessment; and assists municipalities that are adjusting to year-over-year funding changes.