For adults with an intellectual disability, quality of life is an ongoing struggle. Approximately 3% of Toronto’s population has an intellectual disability. That’s about 80,000 people in our community. Most receive a monthly stipend from the province of about $1058.00 per month, or just over $12,000 per year. With that, they need to cover rent, clothing, food, and transportation. Too often, it’s transportation fees that are cut from their monthly budgets.
Not being able to afford transit means the person may not be able to work, visit family or friends or participate in the community.
Toronto lags behind other Canadian cities in making public transit accessible and affordable. Other cities in Canada: Calgary, Ottawa, Montreal, Oshawa, Vancouver, Windsor and Kingston all have a reduced fare for people with an intellectual disability. These cities found a way to do it, Toronto should too.
In Toronto, seniors, high school and university students already receive reduced fare rates, but people with intellectual disabilities are expected to pay full transit fares.
People with an intellectual disability should receive a reduced transit fare. If you agree, please sign this petition.