WINNIPEG – The City of Winnipeg has reached a settlement in a human rights complaint against Handi-Transit, but it could end up costing thousands of dollars.
The complaint was filed by James Derksen in August of 2012 who argued that he and other Handi-Transit users did not receive senior discounts similar to those who used regular Winnipeg Transit.
The disparity was corrected in June of 2014, but Derksen along with other Handi-Transit users who did not receive the discounted fare sought reimbursement.
The mayor’s Executive Policy Committee approved the settlement on Tuesday and it was passed by city council on Wednesday.
The settlement includes users who were aged 65 or older at any time in the 18 months before June 16, 2014, but it does not include the estates of users deceased prior to January 16,2016.
In a report, city staff says the potential number of beneficiaries cannot be determined, but transit officials have calculated that the maximum amount that the city would pay is $310,000.
Half of the cost ($155,000) may be recovered from the Province of Manitoba due to its cost-sharing arrangement for transit operating.