Cooperative Seating

Woman standing as another woman with crutches sits. Speech bubble text: I'm happy to give up my seat to those who need it.

What is Cooperative Seating?


All our vehicles have clearly-labelled Cooperative Seating areas, either in front of the bus or by the O-Train’s entrances. These seats are meant to make travel easier for customers who have a hard time standing in a moving vehicle or those who need to sit close to the entrance, including:

  • Persons with disabilities
  • Seniors
  • Persons with assistive devices (wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes)
  • Pregnant women
  • Customers with small children or open strollers

Look for this logo marking the Cooperative Seating area!

Cooperative Seating logo

Remember that many customers don’t have an obvious disability, but may need a Cooperative seat for reasons we can’t see. It takes courage to ask someone to give up their seat. If you are sitting in a Cooperative seat but don’t need to be, please offer your place to someone who needs it.

Priority Seating Card

Example of a Priority Seating Card. Image text: Priority Seating Sep. 2012If you have an invisible disability, you can get a free Priority Seating Card. Showing your card can make it easier to ask for a Cooperative seat without explaining further.

Steps to get a Priority Seating Card

  1. Bring photo ID and your documentation indicating that you require Priority Seating signed by a health care professional listed below to an OC Customer Customer Service Centre (at Lincoln Fields, Rideau Centre, St-Laurent and  Orléans stations).
  2. Staff will take your photo and give you your Priority Seating Card at no charge.
  3. Please keep your documentation in case you lose or damage your card.

Authorized representatives:

  • Physician/Surgeon
  • Physiotherapist
  • Psychiatrist/Psychologist
  • Ophthalmologist/Optometrist
  • Registered Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
  • Chiropractor
  • Registered Social Worker
  • Occupational/Recreational Therapist
  • Audiologist/Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Certified Orientation & Mobility Instructor
  • Registered Psychotherapists
  • Registered Mental Health Therapists

Promoting Cooperative Seating


OC Transpo has ongoing cooperative seating campaigns to encourage customers to keep these seats open for those who require priority seating:

  • Grade 9 art students from Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School created posters
  • Algonquin College's television broadcasting and public relations students created videos to promote cooperative seating
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