Eligible municipalities will receive $843 million through the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) in 2007. This represents an increase of $80 million, or 10%, over 2006 OMPF funding announced in March 2006. Compared to CRF payments in 2004, this represents an increase of $225 million, or 36 per cent.
The OMPF assists municipalities with their share of social program costs, includes equalization measures for areas with limited property assessment, addresses challenges faced by northern and rural communities, and responds to policing costs in rural communities.
The OMPF replaced the Community Reinvestment Fund as the Province's main transfer payment to municipalities in 2005.