Ottawa Needs a Low Income Transit Pass

Ottawa has one of the most expensive transit systems in the country, and lags behind other Canadian cities in ensuring that transit is equitable, inclusive, affordable, and accessible. Sign the petition below to add your voice to the call for change! 


To: the Council and the Transit Commission of the City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON  K1P 1J1 

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 $23,861 before tax, they are considered low-income. If a family of four’s income is $44,340 before tax, they are considered low-income.

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.

This campaign has been endorsed by 50 organizations, including Action Sandy Hill, the Centretown Citizens Community Association, the Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association, the Dalhousie Community Association, the Glebe Community Association, the Hampton Iona Community Group, the Heron Park Community Association, the Hintonburg Community Association, the Hunt Club Community Organization, the Lowertown Community Association, the Mechanicsville Community Association, the Vanier Community Association, the Westboro Beach Community Association, the Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa, Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 5500, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 279, the Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation, Citizens for Safe Cycling, City for All Women Initiative, the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres of Ottawa (which includes 13 community health and resource centres), Cornerstone Housing for Women, Ecology Ottawa, Gloucester Housing Corporation, Graduate Students’ Association (GSAED) of the University of OttawaGreenspace Alliance of Canada's Capital, Harmony House, Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, OPIRG-GRIPO, Ottawa ACORN, Ottawa and District Labour Council, Ottawa Seniors Transportation Committee at the The Council on Aging of Ottawa, Parkdale Food Centre, Refugee 613, Shepherds of Good Hope, Social Planning Council of Ottawa, The Salvation Army Bethany Hope Centre, Walk Ottawa, and The Well/La Source.

GOAL: 5,000 signatures

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