Programs helping low-income City of Grande Prairie residents with subsidized public transit passes are getting a financial boost from the province. The city has been granted $275,430 over two years from the province’s Low-Income Transit Pass funding program.
Mayor Jackie Clayton says the funding will go towards the existing initiatives already in the city.
“This funding will go a long way in assisting our City’s efforts to ensure that those in need have affordable transit options, enabling them to access employment, education, healthcare, government services, and community resources, regardless of income level.”
Minister of Seniors, Community, and Social Services Jeremy Nixon says this funding is part of the province’s focus on dealing with the current inflationary crisis.
“We recognize the importance of transit, especially for those who rely on it to meet their essential needs. Transportation to a job, to school or a doctor’s appointment is not optional.”
According to the city, in 2022 there were 2,500 people who accessed low-income transit passes provided through programs like the Transit Access Program, the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped program, and the Explore Grande Prairie Welcome Package.