Resources on Affordable Transit

Submitted by Natasha Pei on November 2, 2016 - 10:49am

This is a general library of affordable transit resources for cities, compiled with the help of members of Vibrant Communities Canada's Municipal Government Representatives Community of Practice. Please feel free to download items and to suggest new resources for inclusion in this library by emailing

Framing Equitable Access to Transportation: Access and Affordability

International Jurisdictional Review of Initiatives to Improve Transit Affordability for People Living on Low Income, Toronto Public Health | December 2015 (see page 2-4 for an Executive Summary)

Example of Municipal Affordable Transit Policies in Canada

  • Grande Prairie, Alberta
    • Grande Prairie offers free bus passes and recreation credits to anyone living on low-income. This program is municipally funded, and eligibility is determined based on last year's Notice of Assessment, three pay stubs, or if the individual is a recipient of social assistance, disability benefits, or a new refugee.
  • Hamilton, Ontario
    • Hamilton's Affordable Transit Pass Program provides a monthly pass at 50% of the regular cost, to adult workers on social assistance and not receiving transportation subsidies, or to individuals whose family income falls below the low-Income Cut Off Line. 
  • Kingston, Ontario
    • Kingston provides access to a renewable reduced-cost monthly transit pass at a 35% discount, to adults, youth and seniors.
  • Mississauga, Ontario 
    • The MiWay Affordable Transit Pilot Program is a pilot project between the City of Mississauga and Region of Peel to provide access to affordable transit to low income residents living in Mississauga. The pass will be subsidized by 50% of the regular cost for participating seniors and adults who fall below the Low Income Measure (LIM). The pilot will run from June 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017.
  • Guelph, Ontario
    • Following a successful pilot period, the City of Guelph made its Affordable Bus Pass program permanent, effective January 1, 2014. Guelph Transit’s Affordable Bus Pass is a lower cost pass to help residents get around Guelph. Adults, youths and seniors living in low-income households are eligible annually. Based on the Low-Income Cut Off Line (before tax, 1992)
  • London, Ontario
    • Find London's Business Plan for a 50% subsidized cost low-income bus pass, based on LICO. A proposed two-year pilot beginning January 1, 2018.