Last week we covered alternatives to driving in the US, Ireland, and the UK. Now we’ve got a round-up of driving alternatives for Canada.

Canada

Alberta

Access Calgary provides transportation to residents who cannot use the regular Calgary Transit due to a disability.

Alberta’s larger cities have special transit systems for people with disabilities. These buses are specially designed to accommodate wheelchairs and take people from their homes to their destinations. Contact your local public transit system for information:

British Columbia

The Travel Assistant Program (TAP) offers travel discounts to eligible British Columbia residents who must travel within the province for physician-referred nonemergency medical specialist services not available in their own community, and whose travel expenses are not covered by third-party insurance or other government programs.

Seniors in British Columbia (age 65 or over) are eligible for discounted travel on most public transit systems. For detailed information, please contact the following agencies: TransLink (Metro Vancouver Region) and BC Transit (Victoria Region).

handyDART is a special transportation service for eligible persons with a physical or cognitive disability who cannot use regular public transport without assistance. This transit service uses specially equipped vehicles, provides door-to-door service and is available in all of the province’s larger centres, as well as in many smaller communities.

The BC Bus Pass Program offers a reduced cost, annual bus pass for low income seniors and individuals receiving disability assistance from the Province of British Columbia. Passes are valid in communities serviced by BC Transit or TransLink. The pass is only valid for the eligible rider and is non-transferable.

Manitoba

Handi-Transit is a service of Winnipeg’s public transit system that provides door-to-door transportation for people who are unable to regularly use the City’s fixed route transit system because they are legally blind or have a disability that significantly impairs their mobility.

University Of Alberta has facilitated the development of a tool for searching for transportation services for seniors and disabled in Manitoba. You can search by region, rural municipality, community and/or the name of the organization you are searching for.

Dependable Dispatch Wheelchair Transportation provides transportation with accessible vans to residents of Manitoba.

New Brunswick

The Canadian Red Cross provides transportation for the frail, elderly and disabled in the community. The service is for those unable to use public transportation or private means.

Miramichi Accessible Transit offers transportation services to disabled, handicapped and senior citizens in the Miramichi area.

Charlotte Dial A Ride provides access to transportation to those with little or no access due to geographic isolation, lack of accessible transport or affordability.

Newfoundland & Labrador

The Go Bus provides accessible transit to persons with disabilities and seniors.

A list of public transportation services can be found here.

Nova Scotia

The Community Transportation Assistance Program (CTAP) covers a portion of the operating costs of a community-based inclusive transportation service.

211 Nova Scotia has a list of all specialized transportation providers with their phone numbers.

Northwest Territories

Yellowknife is the only Northwest Territories city with bus service, which operates three routes downtown between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on weekdays. Yellowknife City Transit also offers a reduced Saturday schedule.

The Government of the Northwest Territories will provide medical travel benefits to eligible persons in the NWT who must travel in order to access necessary and appropriate insured health services.

Nunavut

World Web provides a list of public transportation services.

Transportation Services has a list of various transportation services in Nunavut, including taxis and planes.

Ontario

Municipal Public Transit Services has conventional and specialized services. Conventional public transit systems serve the general public and operate mainly fixed routes and schedules. Specialized public transit services provide door-to-door transportation services to individuals with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements created by the municipality. Most transit systems offer discounted rates to seniors.

GO Transit is a regional public transit service that serves the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton, with routes extending to communities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Prince Edward Island

Donna’s Transport Ltd. transports seniors as well as people with mental and physical disabilities between Charlottetown and Summerside for medical appointments.

Pat and the Elephant offers specialized transportation anywhere in the province or the mainland. The service is provided for persons with any mobility impairments (visual, physical, etc). Non emergency stretcher service available. Service is available outside Charlottetown and province by arrangement.

Transportation West Inc. provides transportation in the West Prince area and is available for seniors. All buses are wheelchair accessible making this service available for persons with disabilities.

Quebec

Quebec has Paratransit transportation services tailored to the needs of people with disabilities. However, only people whose disabilities significantly compromise their mobility are eligible. The eligibility policy determines the criteria for eligibility and the processing of applications.

The service of Adapted transportation (Transport Adapté) offered by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is addressed to disabled people who meets the eligibility criteria of the Ministry of transportation of Québec. (This website is only offered in French). The service is also offered in Longueuil and City of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) provides passenger transportation and parcel express services throughout the Province of Saskatchewan. Seniors aged 60 and older can travel  on any scheduled route for 50% off the regular adult fares.

The Seniors Assisted Transportation Society (SATS) has been serving the Edmonton community since 2001, offering safe and affordable volunteer driven transportation for seniors.

The Prince Albert & District Community Service Centre offers door-to-door accessible transportation service, seven days a week including holidays. A lift provides roll-on, roll-off convenience if you use a wheelchair. Bus rides can also be scheduled up to one month in advance and for regular transportation to work or school.

Yukon

Whitehorse Transit operates a regular bus service to most subdivisions in the City of Whitehorse. All conventional buses are fully accessible with low-floors. Seniors’ fares (60+) are $ 2.50 cash; $ 10 for a strip of 10 tickets; and $ 26 for monthly pass.

The Handy Bus provides safe and secure transportation to persons with mobility difficulties. The bus provides transportation from accessible door to accessible door, and is available on a regular
basis if required.

Provide-a-Ride offers seniors age 60 and older free rides to doctor’s appointments. RSVP by calling 405-605-3106 or emailing fay.beam@rsvpokc.org.

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About Cori Carl

As Director, Cori develops our comprehensive global communications and development strategy. She’s constantly tweaking our services based on data-driven marketing metrics and feedback from caregivers. She works to grow our community and build the reputation of The Caregiver Space by amplifying the message on social media, cultivating relationships with experts, creating organizational partnerships, and earning media coverage. She’s an active member of the community and regularly creates resources for Caregivers.

Cori joined The Caregiver Space after a decade of serving as a communications consultant for a number of nonprofit organizations and corporations furthering sustainable energy and urban planning solutions.

Cori has an MA in Corporate Communications from Baruch College at CUNY and a BA in Media Studies from Eugene Lang College at the New School University. She divides her time between Brooklyn and Toronto.

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