Transportation Support/BC Bus Pass for people receiving disability assistance

Beginning September 1, 2016, people receiving disability assistance who have the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) designation will receive a $25 rate increase and a Transportation Support Allowance. 

You can receive the Transportation Support Allowance either as a bus pass or as $52 added to your monthly payment.

The ministry has eliminated the annual $45 BC Bus Pass administration fee and the annual renewal process for people receiving disability assistance who have the Persons with Disabilities designation.

The BC Bus Pass is a Compass Card. It is valid for travel anywhere within the TransLink and BC Transit service areas. It cannot be used on HandyDart.

If you have a bus pass:

You will have the choice to keep your bus pass OR receive your Transportation Support Allowance in the form of $52 added to your PWD payment.

The bus pass you hold will no longer have an expiry date of December 31, 2016.

At any time, you can decide to contact the ministry and cancel your BC Bus Pass and instead receive your $52 Transportation Support Allowance on your next assistance payment.

If you cancel your bus pass, you can still change your mind at a later date and ask for a new bus pass.

In addition, we are eliminating the $45 bus pass administration fee and the need for an annual renewal process. 

Here are your options

Option 1: I want to keep my bus pass

  • You don’t need to do anything.
  • You can keep using your bus pass and continue using it after September 1.
  • Starting in September (payment date August 24), you will also automatically receive a $25 monthly increase to your PWD payment. 

Note: If you change your mind in the future, you can call us before the 5th of any month. You will see the increases outlined in Option 2 on your payment the following month.

Option 2: I want to cancel my bus pass and receive my transportation support as a $52 payment

  • You must let us know by August 5, 2016 for this to be in effect for September 1. 
  • Starting in September (payment date August 24), you will automatically receive $52 on your PWD payment for Transportation Support Allowance.
  • You can use the $52 in a way that works best for you.
  • Starting in September (payment date August 24), you will also automatically receive a $25 monthly increase on your PWD payment.
  • If you choose this option, please hold on to your bus pass until September. You can continue to use it until then. After September 1, you do not need to return it to us but it will no longer be valid.

Note: please remember, you can switch back to the bus pass at any time by letting us know by the 5th day of the month. A new bus pass will be issued to you.

To Apply for a BC Bus Pass

If you have the persons with disabilities designation and are on disability assistance, you can contact the ministry to apply for your BC Bus Pass.

The BC Bus Pass does not expire. At any time, you can contact the ministry to cancel your BC Bus Pass and receive your $52 Transportation Support Allowance on your next assistance payment instead.

If you cancel your bus pass, you can still change your mind at a later date and ask for a new bus pass.

Contact the ministry about the BC Bus Pass program:

By phone 1-866.866.0800
By email: SDSIBUSPA@gov.bc.ca  
In Person: Find your local ministry office here, Access Services

BC Bus Pass and the Compass Card

compass card All BC Bus Pass users get a Compass Card. With Compass, you can take transit in both BC Transit and TransLink service areas. Find out more.

Rate increases for disability assistance

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