Working with corporate donors, volunteers and The Regional Municipality of York, United Way aims to improve the quality of life for the citizens across our community. A recent transit fare subsidy pilot program designed to help eligible low income York residents travel across the region is just one more example of the dedication United Way and its partners have in addressing the needs of our community and placing a plan into action.

Last fall, York Regional Council approved the 2012 Transit Fare Subsidy Pilot Program. Under this pilot program, eligible Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) clients will receive a 50-per cent discount on York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva adult monthly passes. In addition, approximately 100 agencies funded by York Region Community and Health Services community development and/or United Way York Region are eligible to receive up to $2,500 per year towards purchasing tickets to help low income residents gain access to transit in order to travel to and from work, school or perform other important day-to-day activities. United Way member agencies and programs participating in the transit fare subsidy program include:

  • AIDS Committee of York Region
  • Blue Door Shelters
  • Canadian Mental Health Association, York Region Branch
  • Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)
  • Centre for Information and Community Services of Ontario
  • Community Living Georgina
  • Community Living Newmarket/Aurora District
  • Community Living York South
  • Human Endeavour Incorporation
  • Jewish Family and Child Service of Greater Toronto
  • Job Skills Employment and Business Programs and Supports
  • John Howard Society of York Region
  • Literacy Council-York Simcoe
  • Pathways for Children, Youth and Families of York Region Inc.
  • Yellow Brick House
  • Scarborough Housing Help Centre
  • Social Services Network
  • The Vitanova Foundation
  • The York Centre for Children, Youth and Families
  • VITA Community Living Services
  • Women’s Centre of York Region
  • Women’s Shelter of York Region Inc. (Sandgate)
  • York Region Food Network

“Improved access to transportation can have a tremendous impact in the life of a resident on a low income,” said Town of Markham Deputy Mayor Jack Heath, Chair of the Region’s Community and Health Services Committee. “Many stand to benefit from the transit subsidy pilot in 2012 and we look forward to reviewing the results.”

The program is already underway and will be evaluated by York Regional Council in 2013.


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