The province is providing $31 million in unconditional funding to the City of Sault Ste. Marie through the 2015 Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) program, David Orazietti, MPP announced today.
“Despite significant economic challenges, our government continues to deliver greater support for the City of Sault Ste. Marie by further uploading the costs of important public services,” said Orazietti. “The province’s support is helping ensure more of the City’s property tax dollars are available to invest in local priorities, such as developing better infrastructure and strengthening economic development.”
In 2015, the City of Sault Ste. Marie will receive $16,244,600 under the OMPF grant, which is the equivalent of $471 per household – 5 times greater than the provincial average. Sault Ste. Marie receives more OMPF funding than similar Northern Ontario communities, with Sudbury receiving $380 per household and North Bay receiving $299 per household.
The City will also receive $15,618,600 in benefits from the uploading of important services that were previously paid for by municipal taxpayers which include:
Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB): $1,897,300
Ontario Disability Support Plan (ODSP) Administration: $1,079,100
Ontario Disability Support Plan (ODSP) Benefits: $8,632,400
Ontario Works (OW) Benefits: $1,778,000
Ontario Works (OW) Administration: $1,713,300
Court Security and Prisoner Transportation: $518,500
Provincial uploading of programs like Ontario Works, Ontario Drug Benefits (ODB) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) ensure that more property tax dollars are available for important municipal priorities.
The total investment of $31,863,200 to the City of Sault Ste. Marie through the OMPF and provincial uploads, represents an increase of $247,600 over last year’s municipal transfer. This provincial funding is 49% higher or $10.4 million more than what the City received under the previous provincial Conservative government transfer program.
Since 2003, the City of Sault Ste. Marie has also benefited from over $32 million in provincial infrastructure investments.
2015 OMPF funding and provincial uploads to 388 Ontario municipalities totals $2.2 billion – more than three and a half times the level of funding provided in 2004
Combined with additional investments to reduce city costs such as the provincial gas tax program, increased funding for land ambulance and the uploading of public health costs, the ongoing provincial support to municipalities totals approximately $3.7 billion in 2015.