The Regional Municipality Of York


York Region Transit (YRT) offering free rides to veterans for Warriors’ Day

Newmarket – On Saturday, August 17, 2019 The Regional Municipality of York will honour Canadian War veterans by offering free YRT transit service to war veterans and immediate family members of deceased veterans.

Veterans and one companion are free to travel all day. Veterans can identify themselves to YRT and Mobility Plus operators by showing any of the following items: uniforms, medals, berets or blazers.

The immediate family of a deceased veteran may also ride free by carrying something that identifies their relationship to the deceased veteran, such as an identification card or service papers.

YRT’s Warriors’ Day service coincides with the 98th Warriors’ Day Parade at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto. This year’s parade also commemorates the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion and the 76th anniversary of the beginning of the Italian Campaign.

Warriors’ Day was established in 1921 through the CNE. The Warriors’ Day Parade is an opportunity to show support for current members of the Canadian armed forces and remember the many veteran heroes who served bravely in defending the freedom of all Canadians.

For major service alerts, news, travel tips and other relevant transit information, call 1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978), visit or follow YRT on social media. You can also check out, a website where you can view questions and answers about YRT or submit your own questions.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 52,000 businesses with 620,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at


Media Contact: 

Tamara Ostrowski, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 71226 or
Cell: 905-251-6412

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