Some Residents Eligible for Free Transit and Recreation Passes in Mississauga


Published April 27, 2018 at 8:19 pm


With summer fast approaching (it’ll be here before you know it, trust us), the last thing some residents want to think about is paying more money for transit and recreational activities.

For that reason, select residents might be happy to hear that a Freedom Pass will give them the chance to swim and ride MiWay for free all summer long.

The City of Mississauga recently announced that local youths aged 12 to 14 can apply for the Freedom Pass. Eligible young residents can ride MiWay and access indoor and outdoor city pools from July 1 to August 31 for free.

“With the Freedom Pass, youth can truly explore Mississauga during the summer months,” said Shari Lichterman, director, recreation. “In addition to visiting one of our seven outdoor and 11 indoor pools for a free swim, youth can use their Freedom Pass to get out to local events, parks and libraries”.

Freedom Pass cards will be available beginning May 1. 

Application forms can be downloaded and printed or picked up at any local community centre.

The city says signed and completed application forms can be submitted at a community centre, along with one piece of identification. Applicants will also need to have their photo taken by customer service staff to create a personalized Freedom Pass.

Last year, almost 7,000 youth participated in the program, the city says. 

“The Freedom Pass gives youth the chance to get familiar with MiWay as they travel to and from the city’s recreational facilities,” said Geoff Marinoff, director, transit. “Using MiWay lets our young people gain independence while getting familiar with our transit routes as they transition to high school.”

Note that only valid Freedom Pass holders are eligible to ride MiWay for free. All other riders must pay regular fares.

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