The OMPF is the Province's main general assistance grant to municipalities.

The program primarily supports northern and rural municipalities across the province. Its objectives 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.

2022 OMPF

For 2022, the government is maintaining the overall structure of the OMPF and the program envelope at the same level as 2021.

The 2022 OMPF will provide a total of $500 million to 389 municipalities across the province.

The program will also continue to be responsive to changing municipal circumstances through annual data updates and related adjustments.

In addition to ensuring stability, maintaining the program envelope will allow for further support to be targeted to rural farming municipalities.

Specifically, the Rural Communities Grant component will increase to $154 million to further support rural municipalities with the highest levels of farmland.

The remaining core grant components will continue to provide support as shown below.

Grant Component 2022 OMPF
($ Millions)
Assessment Equalization 149
Northern Communities 89
Rural Communities 154
Northern and Rural Fiscal Circumstances 93
Transitional Assistance 16
Total 500

Consistent with prior years, Transitional Assistance will continue to ensure that municipalities in northern Ontario receive at least 90 per cent of their 2021 OMPF allocation, and municipalities in southern Ontario receive at least 85 per cent.

2022 Minimum Levels of Support
(Per Cent of 2021 OMPF Allocation)
Northern Ontario 90%
Southern Ontario 85%

Municipalities in all regions of the province with the most challenging fiscal circumstances will continue to have their funding enhanced up to 100 per cent of the prior year's allocation.

Additional Information

For additional information, details on municipal OMPF allocations from previous years, or for other general inquiries about the program, email your query and contact information to: info.ompf@ontario.ca.