Lee Soh, 57, said she was not surprised to hear that the city’s 2019 budget leaves council at risk of falling well behind on election promises to reduce poverty across Toronto this term, as a new report concludes.

“I’m paying attention to the budget,” she said in an interview. She’s been involved in several advisory bodies advocating for those living with low income. “Every year the city budget is always like this.”

For her and those like her for whom even a discounted transit fare — increasing in this budget by 5 cents — is a luxury they frequently can’t afford, this budget doesn’t do enough, she said.