Motion: Transit Fare Freeze

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Agenda 45


Re: Fare Freeze

Moved by / Motion de: Councillor R. King

Seconded by / Appuyée par: Councillor C. McKenney

WHEREAS Ottawa has one of the most expensive transit passes in Canada; and

WHEREAS Ottawa has one of the most expensive single-ride fares in Canada;and

WHEREAS the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented financial hardship to many Ottawa residents, particularly those who are unemployed or working in low wage jobs; and

WHEREAS retail workers, other front-line workers, and minimum wage workers in general are most reliant on public transit to get to work; and

WHEREAS the 2021 Budget Directions report, as approved by Council, included an OC Transpo fare increase of 2.5% and the 2021 Draft Budget recommends an overall 2.5% base increase to fares to take effect on January 1, 2021; and

WHEREAS freezing transit fares for 2021 would have an anticipated revenue loss of $4.5M, equating to a 1.48% increase to the transit levy, or an annual increase of $10.77 for an average urban property assessed at $415,000;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council approve that transit fares be frozen for the 2021 municipal budget, or until 60 days after the COVID-19 pandemic is declared over and the state of emergency is lifted, should this occur before the end of Q4 2021, to be funded by a corresponding increase in the transit levy as described in this motion; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Council direct the Mayor write to the Prime Minister and the Province of Ontario to request permanent financial assistance as highlighted in the 2020 Federal Government Fall Economic Statement on November 30, 2020.

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