Category Archives: Seniors

City Increases Subsidy for Outdoor Maintenance for Low-Income Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

The City has modified its Outdoor Maintenance Subsidy Program (formerly known as Yard Maintenance Subsidy Program) by increasing the yearly subsidy amount to $350 – up from $200. The program has also been expanded to include all yard maintenance work in the spring and summer (e.g., weed removal, leaf cleanup, hedge trimming, etc.), rather than grass cutting only. Eligible residents in Mississauga can claim expenses on a per-household, per-year basis for the cost of yard maintenance, as well as snow clearing in the winter.

“We are committed to ensuring that our city is affordable and accessible for our most vulnerable residents,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “By increasing the eligible subsidy and streamlining the application and claims process, we are making it easier for low-income seniors and people with disabilities to access the services they need.”

The changes will take effect in 2019 and will also include:

· The subsidy period will change from “April 1 to March 31” to “January 1 to December 31”, aligning with the calendar year.
· Applications will be due annually by March 31 following the subsidy year. For example, applications for the 2019 subsidy year will be due on March 31, 2020.
· Spouses of eligible applicants who live in the household can apply for the program.

In addition, the subsidy for the current period of April 1 to December 31, 2018 will be pro-rated and increased to $260.

“By expanding the program to include outdoor maintenance of all kinds in the spring and summer, we are able to meet other needs that older adults or people with disabilities may have on yard maintenance, rather than restricting it to just grass cutting,” said Pat Saito, Ward 9 Councillor.

Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer, added, “Since the 2014/15 subsidy year, the average amount of claimed expenses has increased. City staff considered this and recommended increasing the subsidy to benefit applicants. Other changes to the program will also provide and establish a more transparent application and efficient process for residents and staff.”

For more information about the program, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit mississauga.ca/portal/cityhall/outdoor-maintenance-subsidy.

For other financial assistance programs for older adults and people with disabilities, visit mississauga.ca/olderadultsassistance.

MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot and Senior One Dollar Cash Fare – Off-Peak Approved by City of Mississauga

Today at General Committee, MiWay’s proposed Affordable Transportation Pilot Program (ATPP) was approved in principle by Mississauga City Council and is on its way to becoming a permanent program in January 2018 along with the Senior One Dollar Cash Fare at off peak-times. Final approval is to follow at the October 11 Council meeting.

“Making the affordable transportation program permanent assists residents with low incomes and gives them better access to employment and services,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie “This program contributes to the City’s strategic goal of ensuring affordability and accessibility. The social and financial return on investment from this program benefits our City and helps keep our communities strong.”

“The two phases of the affordable transportation pilot helped us develop the program and make it effective,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director of Transit. “City of Mississauga and Region of Peel staff recommend that the phase two pilot becomes a permanent program for eligible Mississauga residents. The Region will continue to assess the eligibility and MiWay will administer the issuance of PRESTO cards. Financial responsibilities for subsidy and administrative costs will be covered by the Region. MiWay will continue to make the Senior One Dollar Cash Fare available at off-peak times.” Continue reading MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot and Senior One Dollar Cash Fare – Off-Peak Approved by City of Mississauga

Applications Now Being Accepted for MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot Program 

Starting May 11, 2016, low income residents in Mississauga can apply for discounted public transit through the MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot Program, available from June 1, 2016 to Feb. 28, 2017.

The MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot is a partnership between the City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel.

“The MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot Program will allow low income Mississauga residents to purchase a monthly PRESTO pass at a 50 per cent discount,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director, Transit, City of Mississauga.  “Mississauga joins other municipalities such as Hamilton, York Region and Halton Region in creating an affordable transit program to allow riders who need it most to commute to work and appointments. A report on lessons learned from the pilot is planned for 2017.”

“We know that access to affordable transportation can have a positive effect on social determinants of health,” said Janice Sheehy, Commissioner, Human Services, Region of Peel. “We’re excited to learn more about how we can better help residents participate in the community – such as, going to job interviews, attending special events, visiting family and friends and more.”

Mississauga residents earning an income below the Low Income Measure (LIM) thresholds are eligible to apply for a subsidy of 50 per cent off of a MiWay monthly pass by visiting http://www.povertyinpeel.ca/miwaypilot. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 31 on a first come, first serve basis up to a maximum of 2,500 participants.

For more information, please call 905-791-7800 ext. 8703 or email affordabletransitpilot@peelregion.ca.

MiWay $1 Senior’s Fare Pilot Extended
The $1 MiWay fare for senior’s pilot program that began in June 2015 will be extended until the results of the Affordable Transportation Pilot Program are available in 2017. The $1 MiWay fare for seniors is available during off-peak hours:

• Weekdays from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
• Weekdays after 7 p.m.
• Anytime on weekends or holidays

On request, senior riders (age 65+) must present a piece of valid photo identification or a MiWay issued senior identification card to the bus driver to receive the one dollar fare.

Seniors’ One Dollar MiWay Ride Extended into 2016

This week, Mississauga City Council extended the one dollar cash MiWay fare for seniors that began in June. City andRegion of Peel staff will report back in 2016 on the findings of the one dollar pilot and the Region’s Affordable Transit Pilot Program.

The one dollar cash fare for seniors is valid on MiWay during off-peak hours:

  • Weekdays from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Weekdays after 7 p.m.
  • Anytime on weekends or holidays

On request, senior riders (age 65+) must present a piece of valid photo identification or a MiWay issued senior identification card to the bus driver to receive the one dollar fare.

For more information on the MiWay one dollar fare, visit miway.ca/busfares