London To Receive $3.3 Million More From McGuinty Government in 2009
Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund Support and Strengthens Communities
December 15, 2008
This year, the City of London will realize a net increase of $3.3 million, over their 2007 Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) allocation. This good news is part of the combined benefit of over $17.3 million in OMPF funding, and the estimated savings from the upload of the Ontario Drug Benefits (ODB) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) administration.
In the October 2008 report of the Provincial-Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review, the province, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and the City of Toronto agreed to the key principle that the OMPF should remain responsive to changes in municipal circumstances, such as the upload of Ontario Drug Benefits (ODB), Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Ontario Works (OW) benefits.QUOTES
"I’m so pleased to announce that London will have a net increase of over $3.3 million this year. This means the City of London can focus more resources on local priorities and that’s important to property taxpayers in our community," said Deb Matthews MPP, London North Centre. "
"In spite of fiscal challenges, the province and its municipal partners are working together to ensure the ongoing delivery of key public services," said Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan. "The OMPF, combined with the reduction in municipal social program costs, will help Ontario communities in these more challenging times."
"The Ontario government is proud of its partnership with Ontario’s municipalities. We are uploading $1.5 billion in net costs off the property tax base and will continue to work together to build even stronger communities," said Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Jim Watson.QUICK FACTS