Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

If Humber College or the University of Guelph-Humber are considering opting into the post-secondary “U-Pass” that was adopted by the Toronto Transit Commission on Tuesday night, they will need to hold a student referendum first. 

The way the “U-Pass” works is that a school can chose to opt in by holding a student referendum, and if those enrolled at the institution vote in favour of the TTC program, then the school would sign a contract with the transit service for four years.

Students would pay $70 per month with the new TTC program, an over 50 per cent discount on the current $116.75 post-secondary pass, but the price would be added to the tuition of all full time students at the school, regardless of whether they utilize it or not.

This program is not uncommon among post-secondary institutions across Ontario: the University of Guelph, McMaster University in Hamilton and Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo all have universal transit passes included in their tuition.

The “U-Pass” at those universities are handled by each institution’s student union, but Humber College’ administration has not stated whether IGNITE would be taking on that portfolio

For the “U-Pass” to come into effect, at least one school needs to sign on out of University of Toronto St. George Campus, York University or Ryerson University.

Ryerson is planning a referendum for this process already.

The Avro Post has reached out to all four elected student executives in the past, and on Wednesday, to inquire whether students will be consulted previous to a referendum and if Guelph-Humber would be involved in any Humber deal with the TTC.

More details to follow. Image of the Presto Card from BlogTO. 

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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