Lyft expands Jobs Access Program, offering free or discounted rides to job seekers in parts of Ontario

A new partnership between 211 Ontario and Lyft means job seekers can get a free ride to interviews in communities served by the ride-hailing company.

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to wreak havoc on businesses and the economy, millions are still unemployed or underemployed across Canada. According to Statistics Canada, the number of job seekers increased in August for the sixth consecutive month.

The expansion of Lyft’s Jobs Access Program with National Partners Goodwill and United Way, will relieve some of the pressure for those searching for work by providing free or discounted rides.

“At 211 Ontario, we regularly hear from callers that affordable, reliable transportation is a huge need in many parts of the province, especially with so many facing unemployment due to COVID-19,” said Ontario 211 Services Executive Director, Karen Milligan. “We are thrilled that Lyft has extended their Job Access program to people in Ontario. These extra supports will reduce barriers to employment and retraining and will help people land on their feet.”

The program is offered in Ontario communities served by Lyft which include Ajax, Brampton, Hamilton, Mississauga, Newmarket, Oshawa, Ottawa, Richmond Hill, and Toronto.

“We know that for the unemployed and underemployed, reliable transportation to a job interview or the first few weeks of work can mean the difference between successful, long-term employment and lost opportunities,” said Hannah Parish, Lyft’s Ontario General Manager.

To access Lyft’s Jobs Access Program, dial 2-1-1.