Helping Families Going Through Transitions, Help Themselves
For many families and individuals, having a car can make all the difference in the world. Whether it’s to get to work, take the kids to school, buy groceries, or travel to see family, it’s our goal to help you by providing you with a safe, reliable, and affordable vehicle. With this in mind, Newstart Canada began the Driven2Change Initiative that aims to match families who need reliable transportation with a vehicle to help them improve their lives.
Cars That Move Our Communities
As cars come toward the end of their life-cycle, often times they’re simply sent to be salvaged for parts rather than being re-purposed. It’s a process that’s both good for the earth and good for the economy. However, in many cases, these same cars need only minimal work in order to bring them back to a safe, and reliable condition. These cars often have 50,000 to 100,000 km of good service left in them if given the right attention by a skilled mechanic. Perhaps not enough for someone to consider the full purchase price, but certainly a great vehicle for someone who has no access to transportation and that’s where Driven2Change comes in. Because Newstart Canada has all the facilities necessary to repair and repurpose older vehicles, we have identified a greater good that can be done within our community using our existing infrastructure. It’s our hope that through strategic partnerships with social agencies across the Greater Toronto Area, we can match people who need a car with a safe and reliable automobile.
Change That Makes a Difference
Starting immediately, Newstart Canada will begin contacting social agencies in the GTA to help us identify families or individuals who are in need of a car. Beginning in March of 2015 we will begin expanding to the Greater Halifax Area and Nova Scotia. Based on their current affordability, we will work to provide them with a vehicle that fits both their needs and their budget. Driven2Change is a spin-off of Newstart Canada’s existing Rent-n-Ride program. This means that all the benefits that our regular customers get, also apply to the Driven2Change program. This includes a one-year CAA membership as well as regular maintenance for their vehicle.
In order to qualify for this program, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- You must not have any vehicles in your current household.
- You must have a job offer that we can verify or be working at least 30 hours per week.
- You must have a valid Ontario Driver’s Licence.
- You must either have insurance or qualify for insurance.
Cost & Benefits
The program is based on the recipient's ability to pay and their current level of income. Cars are available starting at $99 or $29 per month, plus applicable taxes. There is no initial upfront cost other than the first month's payment. Because Driven2Change is based upon our existing Rent-N-Ride Program, recipients receive many of the same benefits.
- One-year CAA membership
- Maintenance is fully included
- No commitments (walk away at any time without penalty)