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Low Income Transit Pass Program


Updated April 2017

Low Income Transit Pass Pilot Program Extension & Expansion Report

Beginning in July 2017, a permanent Low Income Transit Program will take effect, which will accept up to 1,000 qualified applicants who will be able to purchase a subsidized monthly pass from July 2017 to June 2018.

The program application form will be available online on Friday, May 5, 2017. Applications will be accepted beginning on Monday, May 8, 2017.

Please note that pilot program participants who would like to continue to participate in the program beyond June 2017 must re-apply for the permanent program.

 

Low Income Transit Permanent Program

The intent of this program is to make monthly transit passes more affordable for low income residents. Those participating in the program will be able to purchase monthly adult transit passes for 50% off the regular price.

The permanent program will be administered yearly, from July 2017 to July 2018.

The low income transit pass program is currently capped at 1000 participants. Due to the interest in the program, everyone who applies may not necessarily be selected to participate.

Only adult passes will be available for discount.


Subsidized Pass Rates

Transit Passes

Regular Cost

50% discount available through the
Low Income Transit Pass Program

Regular Adult Pass

$78.00

$39.00

MetroLink Pass

$94.50

$47.25

MetroX Pass

$111.00

$55.50



Frequently Asked Questions | FAQs

How many people can participate in the program?

How do I know if I qualify?

If selected to participate in the program, how do I get my passes?

What do I need to apply?

When will the applications be available?

Is there a waiting list?

How do I submit my application?

What are the deadlines for applications?

How do I know if I have been accepted into the program?

Why do I need to provide my household income?


How many people can participate in the program?
The program is capped at 1000 people. Applications will be received and approved on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

How do I know if I qualify?
In order to qualify, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • you must live in the Halifax Regional Municipality
  • your combined gross *household income is less than $33,000
  • you are not receiving or are not eligible to receive reimbursement for the cost of transit passes from any other agency, including but not limited to the Department of Community Service Employment Support and Income Assistance Program

*A household is all family members living in the same home related by blood, marriage, common-law or adoption. Roommates are not considered part of the household. Adults are considered persons 18 years and over.

 

What do I need to apply?
In order to apply, applicants must:

  • complete the application
  • provide a copy of 2016’s Notice of Assessment or Proof of Income Statement (Option 'C') from the Canada Revenue Agency (www.cra-arc.gc.ca). This includes members of the household not applying for the program. Full-time adult students are not required to submit a Notice of Assessment or Proof of income. Revenue Canada requires 10 business days to process a Notice of Assessment request; alternatively, you may obtain a copy of your own notice of assessment online
  • provide your Canada Revenue Statement of Business or Rental Activities, as well as your personal income tax Notice of Assessment if you are self-employed

 

Household income includes:


  • Salary
  • Wages
  • Tips
  • Business income
  • Room and board
  • Insurance benefits
  • Spousal support

  • Investment income
  • Private pensions
  • Government pensions
  • Social assistance
  • Government subsidies
  • Out-of-country earnings
  • Out-of-province earnings

 

Household income excludes:

  • War Veteran’s Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit
  • GST Rebate
  • Provincial Oil Rebate
  • Pensions under the Pensions Act (Canada), Chapter P-6, sub-section 1-12

 

When will the applications be available?
The application will be available on Friday, May 5, 2017

 

Is there a waiting list?
There is no wait list for the Low Income Transit Pass program. Only the first 1000 successful applications will be considered.

 

How do I submit my application?
There are now three ways to apply:

 

1. You may submit your application in person at a Customer Service Centre

Customer Service Centres
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. | Monday to Friday


Acadia Centre
636 Sackville Dr, Lower Sackville
Alderney Gate
40 Alderney Dr, 1st Floor, Dartmouth


Bayers Road
7071 Bayers Rd, 2nd Floor, Halifax
Scotia Square
5201 Duke St, Halifax


 

Customer Contact Centres also have secure drop boxes so you may drop off your completed application in a sealed envelope at any of the locations noted above outside of business hours.

Please label envelope as follows:
Attention: Amy Noseworthy, Revenue Department
Low Income Transit Pass Program.

 

2. You may mail your completed application to:
Halifax Regional Municipality
Attention: Amy Noseworthy, Revenue Department
Low Income Transit Pass Program
PO Box 1749
Halifax, NS Canada
B3J 3A5

 

3. Email your completed application form and attach your 2016 Notice of Assessment or Proof of Income Statement (Option 'C') to:
transitpassprogram@halifax.ca

 

Is there anyone who can help me with my application?
If you need help with your application, visit a Customer Service Centre, your local library or community recreation centre.

 

What are the deadlines for applications?
There is no deadline for the applications. The program will remain open until filled.

 

How do I know if I have been accepted into the program?
Successful applicants will be notified of their status via mail. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

 

Why do I need to provide my household income?
The intent of the program is to improve the accessibility of transit service to low income residents; therefore, it’s important to determine the income of all adult residents in a household.

 

If selected to participate in the program, how do I get my passes?
Successful applicants will receive a letter from the municipality informing them that they are to be part of the Low Income Transit Pass Program. For each month of the program, participants need only bring a photo ID to one of the four Customer Contact Centres. There is no obligation to purchase a monthly pass every month.


Program Extension for current participants

Regional Council has approved the extension of the Low Income Transit Pass Pilot Program through to June 2017, in addition to transitioning the pilot into a permanent, annual program beginning in July 2017.

The pilot program extension means that participants already buying subsidized passes will be able to continue to purchase passes at the discounted rates for the months of March, April, May and June 2017.

Current participants will able to to continue to purchase transit passes at the subsidized rates from March to June 2017.

As with the earlier phase of the pilot program, subsidized passes my only be purchased at one of the HRM customer contact centres.


Monthly Pass


Available for purchase


Citizens Contact Centre

March 2017

February 20, 2017


Acadia Centre
636 Sackville Dr, Lower Sackville

Alderney Gate
40 Alderney Dr, 1st Floor, Dartmouth

Bayers Road
7071 Bayers Rd, 2nd Floor, Halifax

Scotia Square
5201 Duke St, Halifax

April 2017

March 20, 2017

May 2017

April 20, 2017

June 2017

May 22, 2017