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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 and is non-renewable. 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.


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

World Skills Employment Centre

219 Argyle Avenue, Suite 300

Ottawa K2P 2H4

Somali Centre for Family Services

1719 Bank Street

Ottawa K1V 7Z4

Jewish Family Services of Ottawa

2255 Carling Avenue

Ottawa K2B 7Z5

Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre

400 Cooper Street, Suite 2000

Ottawa K2P 2H8

Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization

Main Office

959 Wellington Street West

Ottawa K1Y 2X5

Immigrant Women Services Ottawa

219 Argyle Avenue, Suite 400

Ottawa K2P 2H4

Conseil Économique & Social d’Ottawa-Carleton

815 St-Laurent Blvd., Suite 107

Ottawa K1K 3A7


extension 301

YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region

YMCA Newcomer Information Centre

150 Isabella St, Suite 201

Ottawa K1S 5H3