40% of Canadians experience transport poverty 

Affordable and accessible transportation is necessary for a vibrant city

10 May 2024

On April 30, the Alberta government announced they would be pulling out $6.2 million of funding from the Low-Income Transit Pass (LITP) in Calgary. The outcry from community was instant and the decision was quickly reversed. It shows just how important affordable and accessible transportation is for a vibrant city.  

We took a look at some key facts about the LITP: 

Transport poverty, or the lack of transport options that are affordable and accessible, impacts about 40% of Canadians living on low-income in Canada’s eight largest cities. This lack of access to affordable and accessible transportation goes hand in hand with the housing affordability crisis, as many people living on low incomes  are pushed away from the city core, where access to transit may be limited.