All eight townships in Peterborough County will receive funding in 2022 from the province through its Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund.
The fund is the province’s main assistance grant to municipalities that’s meant to support northern and rural municipalities, including rural farming communities, that typically have smaller commercial tax bases than urban municipalities.
The fund will provide a total of $500 million to 389 municipalities across the province, recognizing the challenges of these municipalities, states a press release.
The funding provided through the program is unconditional and can be used to support the local priorities and specific needs of each community.
Asphodel-Norwood Township will receive $682,100 which works out to $339 for each of its 2,012 households, the most in the county, the Ministry of Finance announced.
Havelock-Belmont-Methuen Township will receive more overall at $1,342,500, but it has more households — 4,387 — meaning $306 for each one.
In North Kawartha Township, with 3,961 households, $982,400, the equivalent of $248 for each home, will be provided.
Trent Lakes Township’s share is $1,353,900 for $194 for each of its 6,978 households.
With 3,239 households, Otonabee-South Monaghan will get $161 for each home, for a total of $520,700.
Douro-Dummer will receive $573,400, the equivalent of $155 for each of its 3,699 households.
Cavan Monaghan, with 3,663 households, will receive a total of $520,200 with $142 each.
Selwyn Township, with the largest number of households at 8,792, will receive 1,068,400 or $122 per household.
“The OMPF targets funding to municipalities facing challenging fiscal circumstances and supports areas with limited property assessment, while assisting municipalities that are adjusting to year-over-year funding changes,” states a press release from the ministry.
For 2022, the government is maintaining the overall structure of the OMPF at the same financial level as 2021, with minimal changes in funding from last year.
“We are committed to making sure the OMPF continues to meet the needs of local communities, by providing stable financial support that they can count on,” particularly in these uncertain times, Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy states in the release.
“Predictable and timely financial support from the province is essential for budget planning in small and rural municipalities,” Association of Municipalities of Ontario president, Graydon Smith also stated.
In addition to ensuring stability, the program will allow for more support for rural municipalities with the highest levels of farmland, as the rural communities grant part of the OMPF will increase to $154 million.
Brendan Burke is a staff reporter at the Examiner, based in Peterborough. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brendan Burke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner