FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2019
Bay of Quinte – The Ontario government listened to municipalities and maintained the structure of the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) for the 2020 budget year. The result is $4,140,200 that Bay of Quinte municipalities can use for their local priorities.
Through the fund, designed to support rural and northern communities primarily, Prince Edward County will receive $2,806,200; Quinte West $1,258,000; and Hastings County, $76,000.
“Maintaining the OMPF will give these municipalities cost certainty as they deliberate their budgets for the upcoming year, allowing them to make better-informed planning decisions for taxpayers,” said Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte.
Minister of Finance Rod Phillips said building strong partnerships with municipalities is important to the Ontario government.
“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.”
The announcements – part of a $500-million investment that will benefit 389 municipalities across Ontario – fulfill 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.
OMPF information: https://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ompf/2020/