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Fall 2014 Distribution

U-Pass distribution starts August 19, 2014 in the Couch Lounge! See our Distribution section for more details.


Exemption Deadline

This year's fall exemption deadline is September 26, 2014. Check out our Exemptions section for more details. 


Benefits of the U-Pass

  • No age restriction
  • Unlimited access to both Regular and Express OC Transpo bus routes
  • Unlimited access to the O-Train
  • Access to ParaTranspo within the Urban Transit Area
  • Saves you hundreds of dollars when compared to OC Transpo monthly passes


About the Program

How it Started – The Pilot Program

In 2010, a referendum passed to run a pilot U-Pass program at Carleton University and here at the University of Ottawa. We, the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO), entered into an agreement with the University of Ottawa, OC Transpo, and the Graduate Student Association (GSAÉD).

The program continued through a “Yes” vote on the referendum question:
“Are you in favour of contributing $145.00 per semester per full-time student for the creation of a mandatory U-Pass program?”

This lead to a three-year agreement between your student federations (SFUO and GSAÉD), the University of Ottawa, and OC Transpo.

How the charge works

When you register for full-time courses at uOttawa, your university account should be automatically charged, unless you are not eligible for the U-Pass Program (see Eligibility for more details). Due to the validity of the card (September 1 – April 30), full-time students are charged the full amount in the Fall Semester. This means that even if you are only registered for full-time courses in the Fall Semester, you will still be charged the full amount. If you are not full-time until the Winter Semester, then you will be charged the half the full cost for the Winter Semester.

Once you pick up your card, the U-Pass fee is fixed onto your account.

If you drop down to part-time, withdraw from your studies completely, or graduate (congratulations!) you must return your U-Pass card to us (see Exemptions for more details).