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  • November 08, 2016

Ontario Helping Lift People Out of Poverty in Waterloo Region

Province Supporting Innovative Affordable Transit Solutions


November 8, 2016

Ontario is investing in 30 community projects across the province that are supporting new ways to help people break the cycle of poverty, find good jobs and end homelessness in Ontario.


Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre, and Kathryn McGarry, MPP for Cambridge, were at the Charles Street Transit Terminal in downtown Kitchener today to highlight the Waterloo Region’s Low Income Transit Program, which is receiving $551,100 from the province. The program will help people living with low-income to move toward employment and income security by providing access to discounted transit fare products. The data collected in the pilot project will contribute to a body of knowledge that will support poverty reduction programs across the province.


Thirty projects are being funded through Ontario’s Local Poverty Reduction Fund. The fund supports innovative, community-led programs that help groups disproportionately affected by poverty get into housing, develop skills and find employment, including women, single parents, people with disabilities, youth, newcomers, visible minorities, seniors and Indigenous Peoples.


Fighting poverty is part of the government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy, and help people in their everyday lives.




“Ontario is investing in programs that will measurably improve the lives of those most affected by poverty. By harnessing the creativity of local partners, identifying innovative community-driven solutions, and building on evidence-based best practices, we can make strong inroads in tackling poverty.”

–– Chris Ballard, Minister of Housing, Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy


“With this funding, the Transit for Reduced Income Program will be able to help us learn more about what approaches are making a difference for Waterloo Region. This will help government, communities and all of our partners design and deliver more effective programs to combat poverty using proven approaches as we continue making Ontario the best place to call home.”

–– Kathryn McGarry, MPP for Cambridge


“Waterloo Region’s Low Income Transit Program will assist vulnerable members of our community over the next two years by providing access to affordable transit. The information gathered through the pilot study will help direct future programs in combating poverty throughout Ontario. This community approach to addressing poverty is both collaborative and compassionate.”

–– Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre


“Each year, the Region has provided transit support to many in need in this community but there has always been pressure to expand the programs. This funding will allow us to pilot a study to see how we might better assist those in need of increased transit assistance.”

–– Ken Seiling, Chair, Region of Waterloo

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