A program that allows North Battleford residents access to lower-cost bussing will be getting some funds from the province.
The Saskatchewan Government has pledged $1.84 million in 2021-22 towards the Discounted Bus Pass program. Of that, North Battleford will receive $12,000 total.
The amount a City gets is based on rider numbers, and the Government explains that this funding allows the cities to directly cover the cost of the discount.
The DBP program offers people collecting income assistance a $25 dollar discount on the ride pass, which in turn, the Government says, allows them easier access to travel to or look for work, go to school, attend health care appointments or tend to other daily living needs.
Social Services Minister Lori Carr says this also allows these people to be better connected to their community and contributes to a better quality of life.
To be eligible, residents must collect either the Saskatchewan Income Support, Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability, Saskatchewan Assistance Program, Transitional Employment Allowance, Saskatchewan Employment Supplement or Provincial Training Allowance.
Residents can purchase the discounted passes by visiting the transit authority office or through other purchase options arranged by their city.