Hello, and welcome to the Ontario Community Transportation Network’s first newsletter!

Hopefully you all enjoyed your summers and have been able to settle back into your regular routines with the coming of the fall season. With this first edition of the OCTN Newsletter we have provided you with information on a variety of topics that relate to Community Transportation (CT).

Each edition from here on in will aim to have material under the following headings:

  • Events, News & Announcements;
  • CT Service Spotlight; 
  • Resources; 
  • Current Blogs.

We hope that you will find this newsletter helps to inform your work, so please let us know what you think!

Also, if you are interested in contributing to the content of the newsletter by sharing news, announcements, notices about upcoming events, resources or information on a local CT initiative, please email us at:

Finally, I encourage you to regularly check the OCTN website for updates and to learn more about community transportation around the province and beyond! Thanks for joining us…

Lisa Tolentino, Facilitator, Ontario Community Transportation Network

Events, News & Announcements



The Power of Rail, London, ON. Wednesday October 12th, 1-2pm at Western University, Talbot College, Room 101. Guest speakers will include Irene Mathyssen, MP. Contact for more information. Presented by Transport Action Ontario & Southwestern Ontario Transportation Alliance.

OCTN Webinars 
Stay tuned for a series of webinars to be hosted by the OCTN in November & December 2016 and, January & February 2017.
Topics to include:
  • The Use of School Buses for Providing Community Transportation
  • CT Collaborations: Sharing Vehicles and other Resources
  • Medical Transport & the Coordination of Appointments


Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration: Call for Proposals - Partnership Grant Program Deadline: October 5, 2016.

Public Infrastructure Funding - Building Strong Cities Through Investments in Public Transit. See the Program Overview here

Places to Grow Implementation Fund - Call for Applications.


In each newsletter we will highlight a community transportation service as a way of providing you with up-to-date information about CT initiatives within the province, nationally or even internationally.

In this newsletter, we are highlighting a new project from within Simcoe County in Central Ontario, called CT Link.

CT Link - The Community Transportation Link, or CT Link, is a network of community-based transportation service providers in Simcoe County that have developed a web-based portal that they are using to identify opportunities to pool transportation resources between agencies.

CT Link is meant to improve mobility options for people using community-based transportation services (such as seniors, people living with disabilities and/or medical concerns, and people on fixed incomes), by increasing their transportation opportunities. The CT Link provides an opportunity for agencies to maximize their resources to serve communities in the region as effectively as possible, through collaboration and innovation.

People registered with a transportation provider continue to contact their agency as usual. CT Link ride opportunities will be identified by the agency. When the number of rides requested outnumber the number of available vehicles, CT Link agencies use the web-based portal to identify opportunities to pool transportation resources between agencies. It also provides a platform for agencies to post vehicles not currently in service, but available, in order to bring this capacity awareness to other agencies in the region. This information provides agencies coordinating community-based transportation services with more options which, in turn, provides clients with more options for transportation.

The relationship between the client and their current transportation service provider does not change. Clients continue to book, cancel or reschedule, and pay for services with the same agency and, most of the time, rides will be received from the same provider. Occasionally, rides may be received from a different agency’s vehicle and driver. All agencies will ensure that the agency providing the ride understands and meets the client’s needs. All of the agencies that provide rides are committed to common standards of client care, driver training, vehicle safety, privacy and maintenance. People not registered with a transportation agency can dial 211, a 24/7 multilingual helpline, to learn more about transportation resources available in the community.

The CT Link is currently funded by the Ministry of Transportation, through the Community Transportation Pilot Grant Program. Project support is also provided by the County of Simcoe and the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (NSM LHIN).

For more information on this initiative and the project partners, please contact:  Irena Pozgaj-Jones,, 705-722-3132 Ext.1039.

Suggested Reading:

For this newsletter, Brad Smith of Ride Norfolk recommends Right Sizing Transit: What is a reasonable level of investment (Transportation Association of Canada (TAC), September 2010)

“The Right-Sizing Transit document provides a high level overview of information that can be used to answer some of the basic questions that arise when introducing transportation to a community for the first time. The information is presented in a way that can assist non-transit professionals at establishing reasonable expectations and assist in the planning process for their transportation solutions.”

You can access this document by clicking here, or going to the Resources tab on our website and searching under Reports – Canada.


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