To: City Council & Transit Commission of the City of Ottawa, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
At $3.40, OC Transpo’s single fare prices are among the most expensive in the country, and for cities over 500,000 people, they are the second most expensive prices in Canada;
Affordable, inclusive and equitable public transportation helps ensure safe, healthy communities, people, and a strong economy;
Therefore, we, the undersigned, ask Mayor Jim Watson, Ottawa City Council, and the Transit Commission to work together to:
- Create an EquiFare discount for people living on low incomes costing no more than $1.70 (50% discount) as part of the 2018 Budget. The EquiFare should benefit all people whose income is less than the Low-Income Cut-Off, as defined by Statistics Canada; and
- Ensure Presto cards are distributed at no cost (versus the current $6) to qualified EquiPass/EquiFare users.
By signing this petition, I hereby acknowledge that this petition will become a public document at the City of Ottawa and that all information contained in it will be subject to the scrutiny of the City, and will be publicly available. Questions about the collection and disclosure of personal information contained in this petition should be directed to the City Clerk, 110 Laurier Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, ON K1P 1J1.
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 annual net income is $20,386, they are considered low-income. If a family of four’s annual net income is $38,895, they are considered low-income.