Taxi Pass Program Review
Last Updated March 22, 2021
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What is the Taxi Pass Program?
The Taxi Pass Program helps reduce the cost of taxi rides for eligible clients who live in the Town of Peace River. Every month clients can buy 3 booklets of 20 tickets each. One booklet costs $15. Each booklet provides $100 in Taxi rides, for approximately an 85% subsidy.
To qualify for Taxi Passes you must live in Peace River and be at least 18 or older. You must also meet one of the following criteria:
- Senior, age 65 and over
- Low Income – Individual: Annual income below $15,000 for a single person with no children
- Low Income – Family: Annual income below $25,000 for combined family income. A family can be a couple with no children or one or two parents with dependent children. Combined family income means the income of both adult partners in a family, if applicable.
- AISH (Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped) recipient
- Students at Northern Lakes College
What is the Town reviewing?
The Taxi Pass Program is a financial subsidy program. It is intended to provide financial support to low-income individuals and families to access transportation within the Town of Peace River. The Town is reviewing the Taxi Pass Program policy through the lens of accessibility.
- The Town of Peace River has set an annual net budget of $202,000.00.
- Changes to the policy will need to be considered within this budget amount.
A more detailed report is available through the Town of Peace River Website; Peace River – Document Center (civicweb.net). The report was reviewed at the Governance and Priorities meeting of Council on February 1, 2021.
In review of this policy the Town would like to obtain community feedback on the proposed changes. Please provide your feedback through the comment box below.
There are two significant changes to the program policy that the Town is considering.
- Adding another eligibility category of Disability. This category is intended to offer access to any individual that has a disability that may not be eligible in one of the existing categories noted above. An income level will also be applied to any new category to remain consistent with the program purpose.
- The Seniors category requires a definition of income, as a retired individual on a fixed income could have an income higher than the current Individual rates. If a Senior receives Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement, their income level may be higher than $15,000.
The proposed income threshold for Seniors will be:
- single senior with an annual income of $28,785 or less,
- and senior couples with a combined annual income of $46,745 or less,
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