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Displaced Persons and Refugees Transit Pass Program

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Displaced persons and refugees who have arrived in Ottawa are eligible for six months of free travel on OC Transpo.

The transit pass is a smartcard valid on buses, trains, and Para Transpo. The card is valid for six months from the month of issue. The card is accepted on STO. Para Transpo users are required to register with Para Transpo but will have temporary approval until their application is approved.

The transit passes are distributed by the Catholic Centre for Immigrants (CCI) and local settlement agencies.

Eligibility

To be eligible for Displaced Persons and Refugees Transit Pass Program, you must:

  • Be an individual / family displaced from your home country, having newly arrived in Canada;
  • Not be getting transportation funding from any other source;
  • Not be a Government-Assisted Refugee (GAR) or on Ontario Works (OW)

For specific information on eligibility, please call the Catholic Centre for Immigrants at 613-232-9634.

Eligible participants can go in person to the following agencies to collect their pass:
Location Address Telephone
Catholic Centre for Immigrants

219 Argyle Avenue

Ottawa K2P 2H4

613-232-9634
World Skills Employment Centre

219 Argyle Avenue, Suite 300

Ottawa K2P 2H4

613-233-0453
Somali Centre for Family Services

1719 Bank Street

Ottawa K1V 7Z4

613-526-2075
Jewish Family Services of Ottawa

2255 Carling Avenue

Ottawa K2B 7Z5

613-722-2225
Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre

400 Cooper Street, Suite 2000

Ottawa K2P 2H8

613-2365-4875
Lebanese and Arab Social Service Agency

2410 Holly Lane

Ottawa K1V 7P1

613-236-0003
Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization

Main Office

959 Wellington Street West

Ottawa K1Y 2X5

613-725-0202

East End (Rideau Community Hub)

815 St-Laurent Blvd, Rooms 212/214

Ottawa K1K 3A7

613-454-1401

South End

1800 Bank Street, 3rd Floor

Ottawa K1V 0W3

613-249-0006
Immigrant Women Services Ottawa

219 Argyle Avenue, Suite 400

Ottawa K2P 2H4

613-729-3145
Conseil Économique & Social d’Ottawa-Carleton

815 St-Laurent Blvd., Suite 107

Ottawa K1K 3A7

613-248-1343

extension 301

Collège La Cite

Pavillon C – 1080

Ottawa K1K 4R3

613-742-2483
YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region

YMCA Newcomer Information Centre

150 Isabella St, Suite 201

Ottawa K1S 5H3

613-788-5001