Cornwall, most of SD&G gets more Ontario transfer payments for 2021

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SD&G – All but two of SD&G’s municipal governments will receive more money in Ontario transfer payments for next year.

Premier Doug Ford said in August during the virtual Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference (AMO) that funding for the province’s 389 municipalities under the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) would be $500 million – the same as the previous year.

The allocation notices sent out last week show, when it comes to SD&G, every municipal government except for the United Counties of SD&G and the Township of North Stormont will get more money next year.

The big winner is the City of Cornwall with $335,200 more for a total of just over $4.5 million.

Here’s a list of what SD&G municipal governments are receiving with a comparison to the year before:

“As a former municipal mayor, I know the importance of this OMPF funding for residents, and I am happy to see it substantially increased this year,” local MPP Jim McDonell said in a prepared statement. McDonell is a former mayor of South Glengarry.

The Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund is an annual transfer payment which makes up a significant chunk of municipal budgets. The City of Cornwall has used it in the past for municipal operations.