The Ontario government is providing $870 million in OMPF funding to 393 municipalities in 2008.
This represents a $252 million or 41 per cent increase over the funding provided in 2004 under the previous program.
The OMPF provides a clear and transparent system of grants and represents a key component of the Province's overall commitment to support municipalities. It 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 is the Province’s major transfer payment to municipalities and is included in the Provincial-Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review (PMFSDR). The review’s recommendations may result in changes to the program for future years.