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  • March 23, 2011

HELPING NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO BETTER-SERVE ITS RESIDENTS

Gravelle and Mauro announce additional support for local communities

March 23, 2011 - Ontario is helping a number of communities in Northwestern Ontario fund local priorities, including social programs that assist its most vulnerable residents, through the Ontario Municipality Partnership Fund (OMPF). The additional funds come via 2009 OMPF as a result of finalized costs – where social programs and policing were higher than originally estimated.

Northwestern Ontario communities receiving the additional funding include:

· The City of Thunder Bay ($645,700)

· Kenora ($696,700)

· Sioux Lookout ($108,400)

· Township of Shuniah ($97,500)

· Town of Marathon ($82,900)

· Municipality of Neebing ($33,500)

Ten other communities will also receive 2009 OMPF funding in various amounts up to $24,500.

This program is designed to help municipalities respond to their unique local priorities by providing funds transparently and without conditions attached. It helps municipalities deliver social programs, and policing services as well as address the unique challenges faced in northern and rural areas.

Working together with municipalities is part of the Open Ontario plan to improve public services, support new opportunities for economic growth and job creation, and improve the quality of life for all Ontario families.

QUOTES

“This additional funding is another example of the unprecedented level of support that the McGuinty government has provided to municipalities in Northwestern Ontario since 2003. I know these communities will welcome this funding to help address their specific local issues.”

- Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North

"Today's announcement is good news for the City of Thunder Bay and the Municipality of Neebing,” said Bill Mauro MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan. "This additional funding will support the municipal tax base in these communities and help them fund their social program obligations.”

- Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan

“Working in partnership with municipalities goes hand-in-hand with our plan to improve local services and support job creation in communities across the province. Strong local communities are essential to a robust provincial economy.”

- Dwight Duncan, Minister of Finance

QUICK FACTS

§ In 2011, through the combined benefit of the OMPF and provincial uploads of social assistance program costs, municipalities are receiving more than double the support they received in 2003.
§ By 2018, the province will have increased ongoing support to municipalities to $4 billion, an increase of more than 270 per cent since 2003.
§ Since 2005, Ontario has provided municipalities with unconditional transfer payments under the OMPF program, which are both transparent and equitable.

LEARN MORE

Read about how the OMPF is supporting Ontario’s communities. http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ompf/2011/

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