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Pilot program helps new employees get to work

July 17, 2014 -

The City is partnering with local Employment Service Agencies to introduce the Transit Employment Program (TEP) – a pilot program that offers a free two-month Kingston Transit pass to help people get to and from new jobs. 

"This is about getting people to work in Kingston. It can take a while to get a pay cheque after starting a new job and this is meant to help new hires get around during that initial period," says Lanie Hurdle, Commissioner of Community Services. She encourages employers to inform new full-time and part-time employees about the free two-month bus pass.

Like other Municipal Fee Assistance programs, eligibility for the pass is determined using the low-income cut off (LICO). The chart is available at www.CityofKingston.ca/feeassistance.

Local Employment Service Agencies will help eligible individuals with identified job opportunities apply for the TEP bus pass, by:

  • Helping the newly-employed individual determine if he/she qualifies for the pass.
  • Filling out a referral form for the applicant to bring to Community & Family Services at 362 Montreal St.

Newly-employed Kingstonians – including those who did not use an Employment Service Agency to get their new jobs – may apply for the program at these participating agencies:

  • ReStart -  900 Montreal Street
  • St. Lawrence College Employment Service, 785 Midpark Dr.
  • KEYS Job Centre, 182 Sydenham St.
  • ACFOMI Employment Services, 760 Highway 15

Plan your bus trip with Google Transit: www.kingstontransit.ca/tripplanner

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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