We saved the Low-Income Transit Pass and minimized cuts to transit and other services!
This result of our work together, will have a significant impact on the lives of 66,000 Calgarians who use this pass.
We still have concerns that there will be some cuts to community social workers and affordable housing, but we believe these cuts will be minimalized compared to what was being proposed.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!
We ask you to keep up the work by letting your councillors know both that you are thankful for their hard work to keep the low-income transit pass at the current prices and that you would like them to look at ways of restoring funding to areas of support for low-income citizens that were cut.
Our collective work with # Keep Calgary Strong will now benefit Calgarians who use this pass to get to school, to work, to doctor's appointment or to see family and friends. For a moment feel the difference you have made.
Thank you to those who showed up at City Council on Monday. We had a strong turnout of about 150, we shifted the debate and received good media coverage. Thank you to those of you who contacted your city council. Thank you to all of you who worked and contributed to making this possible.
As this has demonstrated, when we engage our political process as citizens and we are organized together as a community – we can improve the live lives of tens of thousands who live in our community.
For more information about the city of Calgary budget deliberation please see the rest of our website.
Our Ask at City Hall on November 25th:
#Keep Calgary Strong supports the principle set out by City Council: cuts in the operating budget should do the least harm to Calgary’s most vulnerable and poor. We believe that if budget cuts are necessary, they should not compromise access to jobs, safety, education, health care and the social participation of those most dependent on City services.
We respect the financial challenges confronting City Council and understand that recent decisions by the Province have done the city no favors. We find the principle of “doing least harm” is most critical in guiding decisions and establishing priorities. Any cuts in supports and services for those who are already vulnerable will only increase stress and trauma. Demands on community resources and support networks will only go up, not down. Losing needed City services for the less fortunate will weaken, not strengthen, our community.
Specifically, we ask that city council:
- Maintain current transit services and fare structure (Concerning 330,000 Calgarians). Specifically, preserve the low-income sliding scale pass at the current rates. The 62 000 Calgarians who utilize the Band A pass live on less than $12 000 a year and are telling us that the 250% increase in cost is not something they can afford. We also ask that no further decreases in service hours be made as transit is a life-line for so many Calgarians to get to work, school and services.
- Reconsider the proposed cuts to affordable housing, community social workers, and other community services like libraries. These services make our city resilient and livable and are a life-line for the whole community, not just the 122 000 Calgarians living on low-incomes.