Free PRESTO card for all Toronto Community Housing tenants

Free PRESTO card for all Toronto Community Housing tenants

December 20, 2018

As part of its plan to transition all fares to the PRESTO card system, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is providing a free PRESTO card to all adults 19 and older and seniors who live in a Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) property.

TCHC will be mailing these free cards to households in January. However, due to the volume of cards being distributed, some households may not receive their cards until early February.

Toronto Community Housing is committed to protecting the personal information of our tenants. We did not share names, contact information or any other personal information belonging to tenants with the TTC or Metrolinx.

Additional information about the PRESTO card distribution can be found in the Tenant Q and A (PDF).

Note: As of February 27, 2019, The TTC has paused its plans to provide complimentary PRESTO cards to students while they review the recommendations made by the City of Toronto’s Auditor General around fare evasion and the use of child PRESTO cards on the TTC. This pause also includes the distribution of youth PRESTO cards as well. More information will be shared when its available. In the meantime, youths ages 13-19, can purchase a PRESTO card for $6 at a Fare Vending Machine at subway stations, Shoppers Drug Mart locations, at the TTC’s Customer Service Centre above Davisville Station and online at The PRESTO card will need to be changed to deduct a youth fare. This can be done by at Shoppers Drug Mart locations or at the TTC’s Customer Service Centre. Valid government issued identification is required. Children 12 and under can continue to ride the TTC for free and are not required to have a PRESTO card at this time. For those children who have one, they can use it any time they travel on the TTC.

To learn more about PRESTO, visit or call the PRESTO contact centre at 1-877-378-6123.