Comment on proposed changes to the Municipal Funding Allocation Model (MFAM)

The Authority is consulting on proposed changes to the Municipal Funding Allocation Model (MFAM). The MFAM is used to distribute funding from blue box stewards to municipalities and First Nation communities that operate programs under Stewardship Ontario’s Blue Box Program Plan.

The Authority, in collaboration with stakeholders, has reviewed the MFAM to determine if and how the model needs to be adjusted in order to allocate funding to programs throughout the transition of the Blue Box Program to the new producer responsibility framework (July 1, 2023 to December 31, 2025).

This review was undertaken because several factors on which the MFAM is based are no longer applicable during transition. For example, the MFAM was designed to promote program efficiencies by grouping programs for benchmarking. As programs transition, these groupings will no longer be applicable. The existing MFAM also relies on the use of certain best practices which may not be reflective of the transition priorities.

In February 2021, the Municipal 3Rs Collaborative (M3RC) held a consultation to review possible approaches to adjust the MFAM. Feedback received from municipalities was shared with the Authority.

Based on its review of the MFAM and comments received during M3RC’s consultation, the Authority is proposing changes to the MFAM and seeking stakeholder feedback.

This Proposal outlines the Authority’s proposed changes, as well as key considerations for the new approach.

Stakeholders can submit their feedback by email to All feedback must be received by the Authority on or before Friday, July 16, 2021.

Learn more about the consultation process.