An amendment to legislation for free bus passes for refugees was debated on Tuesday during Lethbridge City Council. Council asked city administration to allow refugees from Ukraine to have free bus passes for those coming into our city. The initiative would last for six months. Lethbridge Deputy Mayor Jenn Schmidt-Rempel says this was an easy decision for the members of council to reverse and it was passed unanimously by an 8-0 vote.
“What this is doing is making sure that they are included there. Offering some clarification that they are coming under a different program, and enabling them that opportunity to get bus passes to get to those doctors appointments. I know that’s one of the necessary things they have to do as soon as they get here, and other necessary appointments right off the bat. Helping them sort of get their leg up as they work through a very difficult time in their lives.”
The total funds for this initiative would equal $90,000.