The TTC Post-Secondary Student ID Card Discount: PCC Students No Longer Excluded
In August of 2010, the Toronto Transit Commission stated that students enrolled in private career colleges were not entitled to receive the discounted pass that was available to students enrolled in other institutions of post-secondary study. Since, at the time, there were more than 40,000 students enrolled in private career colleges, the Ontario Association of Career Colleges called it “unfair” and “discriminatory” against a large portion of the post-secondary student population.
The Post-Secondary Student ID Card costs only $99 while the cost remains $121 for a regular monthly adult pass. The OACC argued that it was unfair for the TTC to exclude post-secondary students from registered/accredited private career colleges because those students are usually the ones who need to save money more than most other students: “These are some of the neediest of the post-secondary students. Some are on UI (Unemployment Insurance), others are participating in government-sponsored career programmes”, said John Nunziata, who acted as a spokesman for the OACC.
Because of the OACC’s efforts, a decision has been made by the TTC to allow students from registered private career colleges the same privileges as those attending public institutions. Students will be able to obtain the discounted student ID card and metropass as of February 1, 2011.
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