News Release: February 1, 2018

Discounted MiWay Transit Pass Now Available for Low-Income Residents in Mississauga

MISSISSAUGA, ON (Feb 1, 2018) Starting today, low-income residents in Mississauga can apply for a 50 per cent discount off the regular cost of a monthly MiWay transit pass. The MiWay Affordable Transit Program (ATP) is a partnership between the City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel.

"We’re pleased to partner with the City of Mississauga to launch the MiWay Affordable Transit Program," said Janice Sheehy, Commissioner, Human Services, Region of Peel. "This program will improve the quality of life for low-income residents by providing better access to employment opportunities and community services."

"The Affordable Transit Program will allow affordable travel for riders by making their bus fare go further," said Geoff Marinoff, Transit Director, City of Mississauga. "Our partnership with the Region of Peel integrates transit services, subsidy and administration to efficiently deliver service to our residents."

Mississauga residents earning an income below the Low Income Measure thresholds are eligible to apply for a subsidy of 50 per cent off of a MiWay monthly pass by visiting Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

New applicants can now apply online. They will require their most recent Notice of Assessment and a registered PRESTO card.

Background - Affordable Transit Program

Responsibility for permanent program delivery is shared between the partners. The Region will retain responsibility for screening applicants for eligibility, funding the fare subsidy and administrative costs. MiWay will assume responsibility for PRESTO card administration and transit service.

In the fall of 2017, Peel Regional Council and the City of Mississauga Council approved the MiWay Affordable Transit Pilot program following a successful two-year pilot program.  It was formally called the Affordable Transportation Pilot Program. Results showed that the program allowed residents with limited financial means to access employment and community services. For every dollar invested, the social return on investment is $3.98. Pilot results also showed evidence of participants accessing various services in the community.

About Mississauga

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 766,000 residents and more than 86,000 businesses, including more than 72 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. Take some time to explore Mississauga's rich and diverse culture.

The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for more than 1.4 million people and 173,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. Recognized as a leader in management and service delivery, the Region of Peel is the only government organization at any level to receive Excellence Canada's Platinum Award for Excellence, Innovation and Wellness®. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.

Media Contacts:

Ann-Marie Koumettou
Specialist, Communications
Region of Peel

Kimberly Hicks
Communications Advisor
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200 ext. 5232