Toronto expands eligibility of the Fair Pass Discount Program for low-income families


Toronto expands eligibility of the Fair Pass Discount Program for low-income families


Sep. 27, 2019

Global Korean Post


Mayor John Tory  was joined by Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Ward 7 Humber River-Black Creek), City Council’s Poverty Reduction Advocate, to launch phase two of the Fair Pass Discount Program, which expands eligibility to low-income residents who are receiving a child care fee subsidy.

Phase two of the Fair Pass Discount Program will provide approximately 23,000 eligible residents, who receive a child care fee subsidy and are living with a household income under the Low-Income Measure (LIM) plus 15 per cent, with a 12-month discount on the regular Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) adult fare or adult monthly pass.

The discount will be programmed onto a PRESTO card, saving cardholders a third of the current fare, $1.05 on the adult fare for a single ride and $31.75 on the adult monthly pass. Cardholders must load funds onto their card to receive the discount.

Eligible residents who are in receipt of child care fee subsidies will be notified directly by Toronto Children’s Services, and will be able to apply through their registered My Child Care Account.

The Fair Pass Discount Program was approved by City Council as part of the Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy to make transit more affordable for low-income residents. Making transit more affordable was one of the suggestions that the City heard in its public consultations for the Poverty Reduction Strategy. The City’s 2018 and 2019 budgets invested $10.4 million to begin implementing the Fair Pass Discount Program. Other initiatives include the Kids Ride Free program for children 12 and under, lower fares for students and seniors, and the implementation of a two-hour transfer to hop on-hop off.