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Bill Walker MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
Queen's Park

Bill Walker MPP

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For Immediate Release
October 28, 2019

MPP Walker announces $15,982,000 in funding for local municipalities

OWEN SOUND – Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker has announced that local municipalities will receive $15,982,000 in 2020 through the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund.

Ontario's government is listening to municipalities and delivering on its commitment to maintain the structure of the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) for the 2020 municipal budget year. Next year, the Province will invest $500 million in 389 municipalities across Ontario through the OMPF, which is the Province's main general assistance grant to municipalities.

“This is great news for our local municipalities. Our government continues to work collaboratively with our municipal partners,” said Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker. “I’m very happy local municipalities will go into their budget planning processes with this information ahead of time.”

The program primarily supports northern and rural communities. This funding can be used for local priorities, to support the specific needs of each community.  

"Municipalities told us that they need information early to plan their budgets, and we listened. That's why we're announcing the allocations for the 2020 OMPF today — the earliest they have ever been announced," said Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance. "We are confirming that building strong local partnerships with municipalities is an important part in our plan to build Ontario together."

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound municipalities will receive the following amounts from OMPF in 2020:

  • Arran-Elderslie - $1,574,000
  • Chatsworth - $853,700
  • Georgian Bluffs - $858,400
  • Grey Highlands - $1,035,000
  • Hanover - $1,951,900
  • Meaford - $1,254,900
  • Northern Bruce Peninsula - $1,515,100
  • Owen Sound - $1,756,000
  • South Bruce Peninsula - $3,003,900
  • Southgate - $594,400
  • West Grey - $1,585,500

This news fulfils a commitment made by Premier Doug Ford during the Association of Municipalities of Ontario's annual conference in August to maintain the structure of the OMPF program for 2020.

Quick Facts:

  • The main objectives of the OMPF are to:
    • recognize the challenges of northern and rural municipalities, while targeting funding to those with more challenging fiscal circumstances
    • support areas with limited property assessment, and
    • assist municipalities that are adjusting to year-over-year funding changes.
  • For 2020, the government is maintaining the OMPF structure as it was in 2019, while allowing for annual data updates and adjustments.

Additional Resources:

CONTACT: Chris Fell | | 519-371-2421

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