Helping people get around the city and providing affordable transit is a priority for the City. On April 1, 2022, the City launched a new one-year Sliding Scale Affordable Bus Pass pilot program.
The sliding scale affordable bus pass is one way the City provides equitable service and reduces affordability barriers for low-income residents below the Government of Canada’s Low Income Cut Off (LICO). A sliding scale affordable bus pass costs $4-$37.50 per month, depending on family income.
The Sliding Scale Affordable Bus pass supported over 1,800 people in their transportation needs. Users told us they are buying passes more frequently, riding the bus more often, have been able to start new jobs and get to work more consistently. They have also improved their sense of community connection, socializing more and experiencing improved physical and mental health.
The pilot program supports a future-ready Guelph by helping to foster accessible movement through trails, paths, roads and corridors to tie the community together and connect Guelph’s economy with other regions and make strategic investments that nurture social well-being.