Victory! TTC Post-Secondary Student Metropass

It is our pleasure to announce that full-time private career college students attending registered private career colleges in the city of Toronto will be eligible for the $99 Post-Secondary Student Metropass beginning February 1, 2011.

OACC Vice-President George Hood and consultant John Nunziata made deputations highlighting the unfair treatment of PCC students and that it is overall an equality issue. Three students from Everest College also made deputations highlighting what the cost savings each month means to them. Due to the efforts of students, OACC staff and our consultant, the motion presented by the Toronto Transit Commission Vice- Chair Peter Milczyn was carried. Cheers of appreciation from dozens of students in attendance could be heard down the hall from the meeting room.

Thank you to the nearly 50 students and staff who took time out of their day to attend the meeting. Also, we must thank Commissioner Peter Milczyn for putting the motion before the commission, as well as his commission colleagues who voted in favour. Milczyn spoke about the motion and said, “Clearly, to me, it’s an equality issue.”

Lastly, thank you to our consultant John Nunziata for the many hours he has put in fighting for this right. John and George met with most of the TTC commissioners prior to the meeting to ensure they were aware of the facts and could make an educated decision – an effort that certainly made a difference.

OACC will be working with the TTC to ensure the launch of eligibility is successful and students will be able to obtain the TTC Post-Secondary Student ID card and metropass beginning February 1, 2011.

Below is the motion as noted in the minutes from the December 15 meeting:

VICE-CHAIR MILCZYN MOVED THAT THE RECOMMENDATION IN THE STAFF REPORT BE STRUCK OUT AND REPLACED WITH THE FOLLOWING:

“THAT THE COMMISSION APPROVE AN AMENDMENT TO THE POLICY ON ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR THE POST-SECONDARY STUDENT METROPASS TO INCLUDE POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS ENROLLED IN FULL-TIME PROGRAMS OFFERED AT PRIVATE CAREER COLLEGES REGISTERED UNDER THE PRIVATE CAREER COLLEGES ACT, 2005, TO TAKE EFFECT FEBRUARY 1, 2011 AND THAT STAFF REPORT BACK ON A REVIEW OF THE CURRENT POLICY IN RESPECT OF ELIGIBILITY OF PART-TIME STUDENTS BY FEBRUARY 2, 2011”.

THE MOTION BY VICE-CHAIR MILCZYN CARRIED.

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