North Huron to receive $1,320,200 in funding from OMPF

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NORTH HURON – Heads of council received word of a massive injection of cash coming to North Huron, with the release of the 2021 Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) allocations.

The announcement’s timing was welcome news after discovering that the township was not eligible for Phase 2 Safe Restart Funding.

The municipality needed to demonstrate that 2020 COVID-19 operating costs and pressures exceed their Phase 1 per household allocation to qualify for the second funding phase.

A report was presented to North Huron councillors on Nov. 2. The research and forecast indicate the township does not meet the eligibility criteria for Phase 2 funding.

The report suggests that council’s mitigation measures were positive despite there being increased expenses directly related to COVID-19.

Also announced at the meeting was the release of funds from OMPF, which was welcome news to councillors completing the 2021 budget.

A letter from the Minister of Finance said, “Last fall, we committed to providing OMPF allocations well in advance of the municipal budget year. Today, we are delivering on that commitment by ensuring municipalities have the information they need to plan their budgets.”

“Our government recognizes the importance of the OMPF for many of Ontario’s communities.”

“We also know that stability is a priority for municipalities, particularly in these uncertain times. That is why the Premier committed to maintain the overall structure and $500 million program envelope for the 2021 OMPF, as announced at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference this past August.”

“The 2021 OMPF will also continue to be responsive to changing municipal circumstances through annual data updates and related adjustments.”

You can find more information about the OMPF on the Ministry of Finance website.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times