Ottawa Needs a Low Income Transit Pass
Whereas, an affordable, inclusive and equitable transportation system helps ensure safe, healthy communities, people, and a strong economy; and
Whereas, the municipalities of Cornwall, Guelph, Halton Region, Hamilton, Kingston, Peterborough, Waterloo and Windsor have all enacted low-income public transit passes;
Therefore, we, the undersigned, ask that Mayor Jim Watson, Ottawa City Council, and the Transit Commission work together urgently to enact a low-income public transit pass in the nation’s capital. The low-income public transit pass should be designed to benefit all people whose income is less than the Low-Income Cut-Off, as defined by Statistics Canada.
Low-Income Cut-Off (LICO) is an income threshold below which a family will likely devote a larger share of its income on the necessities of food, shelter and clothing than the average family.
For example, in Ottawa, if a single person’s income is $23,298 before tax, they are considered low-income. If a family of four’s income is $44,340 before tax, they are considered low-income.