U-Pass

The 2014-2015 U-Pass Starts September 1

With the U-Pass, full-time students at Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and Saint Paul University can get around freely without worrying about exact fare, buying bus tickets or their next monthly pass.

2014 - 2015 U-Pass

Valid from September 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015

Carleton University
2014-2015 U-Pass
Carleton University 2013-2014 U-Pass

University of Ottawa
2014-2015 U-Pass
Example: University of Ottawa 2014-2015 U-Pass

Saint Paul University
2014-2015 U-Pass
Example: Saint Paul University 2014-2015 U-Pass

  • For full-time students (including graduate students) at Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and Saint Paul University 
  • No age restriction
  • The cost of the U-Pass is included in your incidental student fees
  • Opt-out if you live outside OC Transpo’s service area while attending school
  • Valid as full fare on OC Transpo regular and express routes, and the O-Train
  • Valid on Para Transpo, but not in rural areas
  • Students who reside in the Outaouais in the area served by STO: contact your student association to make sure you do not get charged for the U-Pass. See the STO FAQ on U-Pass for more information.

 


Opt-Out Process

 

Students living outside of the City of Ottawa, as well as at many of the rural villages and communities inside City borders, may opt-out of the U-Pass program and receive a refund. This includes communities such as Almonte, Carleton Place, Dunrobin, Carp, Osgoode, Russell, Metcalfe, Embrun, Rockland. Also, Para Transpo users may opt-out if they live in the Para Transpo rural zone.

» Carleton University Opt-Out Information

» University of Ottawa Opt-Out Information

  • Call 613-562-5966 or e-mail u-pass@sfuo.ca to discuss U-Pass exemptions
     

» Saint Paul University Opt-Out Information

When and where you can get your U-Pass


Carleton University Students:


Full-time students can pick up their U-Pass at the Campus Card/Information Carleton location, 407 University Centre.

You will need to present your Campus Card or a piece of government-issued photo ID in order to pick up your U-Pass.

For more information on U-Pass distribution: 

Visit the Carleton University website at www2.carleton.ca/upass

Contact Information Carleton at 613-520-7400

E-mail  upass@carleton.ca

uOttawa Students:


Eligible students can pick up their U-Pass at the Distribution Centre from August 19, 2014 to September 12, 2014 or book an appointment.

You will need to bring your student card, or  piece of government-issued photo ID and your student number.

U-Pass Distribution Centre

The Couch Lounge in the Jock-Turcot University Centre (Floor 0)

Hours of Operation 

Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 7pm
Thursday: 9am - 7pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm

Weekends:
August 30, 2014 - September 1, 2014: 10 am - 4pm
September 6th and 7th, 2014: 10am - 4pm

For more information on U-Pass distribution:

Undergraduates: Contact the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa by telephone (613-562-5966) or e-mail (u-pass@sfuo.ca ), or visit their website at www.sfuo.ca

Graduates: Contact the Graduate Students' Association of the University of Ottawa by telephone (613-562-5935), by e-mail (u-pass@sfuo.ca ), or visit their website at www.gsaed.ca


Saint Paul University Students: 

Contact your students’ union at upass@ustpaul.ca or by phone at 613- 782-3008, or visit http://ustpaul.ca/en/u-pass-home_1327_773.htm for information on distribution of the U-Pass.

University of Ottawa U-Pass FAQ

  1. What is the Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) and how much does it cost?
  2. Is the U-Pass available for the school year?Why does the University of Ottawa have a U-Pass?
  3. Who is entitled to a U-Pass?
  4. How does the U-Pass benefit students?
  5. Where and when can I get my Universal Transit Pass?
  6. I do not want to participate in the U-Pass program. What should I do?
  7. Are there some situations where certain students will be exempt from the U-Pass program?
  8. Are part-time students eligible for the U-Pass program?
  9. Do I have to pay the U-Pass fee if I live outside Ottawa and drive to campus, or if I take a bus that begins its route outside Ottawa and it is not an OC Transpo bus or STO Bus?
  10. Is my U-Pass valid on Para Transpo?
  11. Will I be able to claim the federal tax credit for public transportation?

 

1.   What is the Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) and how much does it cost?


The Universal Student Bus Pass Program was introduced in 2010 in order to provide students with affordable transit. Voted by students for students, the U-Pass will continue at a cost of $376 for full-time students living in Ottawa. Part-time students and students who live within the STO area of service are not eligible for the U-Pass Program.

The U-Pass Program runs during the Fall and Winter Semesters and is valid from September 1, 2014 until April 30, 2015. Full-Time students will be automatically charged for the program on their university account, with the exception of students whose mailing addresses are within the STO area of service.

 

2.   Is the U-Pass available for the 2014-2015 school year?


Yes. Eligible full-time University of Ottawa students will receive a new U-Pass in September for the 2014-15 school year. There is no age restriction on the U-Pass.

 

3.   Why does the University of Ottawa have a U-Pass?


In February and March 2010, the University of Ottawa's Student Federation and Graduate Student Association sponsored referenda during their annual elections asking students if they would support paying per academic year for the U-Pass.  In the elections, the majority of students voted for the Pass.

 

4.   Who is entitled to a U-Pass?


The U-Pass is now a mandatory program for most full-time students with a small number of exceptions.

 

5.   How does the U-Pass benefit students?


The U-Pass offers a significant discount on transit services in Ottawa. Normally, students who ride OC Transpo that buy regular monthly (student) bus passes for a school year, or eight months, pay $642. The U-Pass is $376 for the eight-month school year (Sept. 1 through April 30) . This is a savings of $266 compared to regular monthly passes.

The U-Pass also helps reduce road congestion, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and results in a more sustainable community. For students that frequently drive or travel by another mode, the U-Pass provides an alternative mode of travel if your vehicle breaks down. Students that drive could also use one of the many free Park and Ride lots, conveniently located throughout Ottawa. Finally, students that cycle could travel on OC Transpo by boarding an OC Transpo bus equipped with a bike rack, or the O-Train, and this can help reduce your travel time.

 

6.   Where and when can I get my U-Pass?


 

Eligible students can pick up their U-Pass at the Distribution Centre from August 19, 2014 to September 12, 2014 or book an appointment.

You will need to bring your student card, or  piece of government-issued photo ID and your student number.

U-Pass Distribution Centre

The Couch Lounge in the Jock-Turcot University Centre (Floor 0)

Hours of Operation 

Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 7pm
Thursday: 9am - 7pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm

Weekends:
August 30, 2014 - September 1, 2014: 10 am - 4pm
September 6th and 7th, 2014: 10am - 4pm

For more information on U-Pass distribution:

Undergraduates: Contact the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa by telephone (613-562-5966) or e-mail (u-pass@sfuo.ca ), or visit their website at www.sfuo.ca

Graduates: Contact the Graduate Students' Association of the University of Ottawa by telephone (613-562-5935), by e-mail (u-pass@sfuo.ca ), or visit their website at www.gsaed.ca

 

7.   I do not want to participate in the U-Pass program. What should I do?


Based on the student referenda, the U-Pass is a mandatory program and all full-time students must participate.  There are a few exceptions.

 

8.   Are there some situations where certain students will be exempt from the U-Pass program?


The following groups of students can seek adjustments for the U-Pass:

  • A student who is registered with the Canadian Institute for the Blind;
  • A student who holds a valid U-Pass issued by another post-secondary educational institution located within the City of Ottawa.
  • A student who, according to the Educational Institution's records, is studying outside Canada for more than 60 days during the semester for which the U-Pass is intended to be valid;
  • A student who is attending the University of Ottawa at a campus located outside the City of Ottawa according to the University of Ottawa's records;
  • A student who resides in the STO service area (Gatineau, Cantley, Chelsea) are exempt from participating in the U-Pass program. Please contact your student association to ensure you do not get charged for the U-Pass. Also, if this applies to you, please see the STO FAQ on U-Pass:  www.sto.ca

NOTE: University of Ottawa Students who want to discuss exemptions must contact the Student Federation by phone at 613-562-5966 or by e-mail at u-pass@sfuo.ca

 

9.   Are part-time students eligible for the U-Pass program?


No. Only students with full-time status are eligible for the U-Pass program.

 

10.  Do I have to pay the U-Pass fee if I live outside Ottawa and drive to campus, or if I take a bus that begins its route outside Ottawa and it is not an OC Transpo bus or STO Bus?


Full-time students who reside in Ontario and outside the City of Ottawa have to pay the mandatory U-Pass fee of $376, including those students who drive their car. Students who choose to ride a bus that begins its route outside the City of Ottawa (for example Route 530 in Rockland) have to pay the mandatory U-Pass fee, and in addition, if they choose to ride a bus route that begins its route outside the City of Ottawa they will have to pay the appropriate fare to ride that bus. Students living outside the City of Ottawa can use one of the many free Park and Ride lots conveniently located throughout the City of Ottawa.

 

11.  Is my U-Pass valid on Para Transpo?


The U-Pass is valid on Para Transpo. Para Transpo service to rural zones requires a supplemental fare.

 

12.  Will I be able to claim the federal tax credit for public transportation?


Yes.  You will be able to claim 15% in each of the two tax years. You can download a receipt to support your U-Pass transit pass taxable deduction via your uoZone student account. If you have any questions about your U-Pass receipt, please contact the Student Federation by phone at 613-562-5966 or by e-mail at u-pass@sfuo.ca.

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