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Para Transpo

Para Transpo is a shared-ride, book-in-advance, public transit service. The service is open to eligible customers who are unable to take conventional transit (buses and O-Train) some or all of the time due to a disability. It is funded by the City of Ottawa and administered by OC Transpo.

Para Transpo provides minibus and contracted taxi services in Ottawa’s urban communities. We also provide service between urban and rural areas and to Hull (in Gatineau).


Apply with Lifemark

To get started using Para Transpo services, you must submit an application to determine your functional ability to use conventional transit. Lifemark Health Group processes all Para Transpo applications based on specific eligibility criteria.

After a decision on your eligibility has been reached, you will be contacted within 14 calendar days.

Para Transpo application form

Mail, fax, or deliver in person your completed application. (Don't forget to sign the form.)

Lifemark hours of operation
Monday to Thursday 9 am to 7 pm
Friday 9 am to 5 pm

Lifemark contact information

Read more about Registration & eligibility


Pay for your trips

Sign up for ParaPay

ParaPay is a card-free system that lets you pre-pay your Para Transpo fares. After being eligible to use Para Transpo services, you will be given a Para Transpo ID. Use this ID to open your ParaPay account online or call 613-560-5000.

Once your account is open, you can load money or a monthly pass, then use the funds or pass to pay for your trips. Your fare is automatically paid when you book. If you cancel, your account will be reimbursed.

Learn more about ParaPay

Get a Presto card

Purchase and load a Presto card with a monthly pass to ride with Para Transpo. To manage funds on the go, download the official Presto app for Android or Apple, visit prestocard.ca or call 1-8-PRESTO-123 (1-877-378-6123).

Para Transpo vehicles are not equipped with Presto card readers. You must provide your Presto card number or show proof of pass purchase when you board. Presto is also valid on OC Transpo buses and trains.

Learn more about Presto


Manage your trips with My Para Transpo

My Para Transpo is a new self-serve system that lets Para Transpo customers quickly book, cancel, and track their trips. If you have a ParaPay account, you already have access! Easily get started by logging in with your ParaPay Customer ID or your email and password.

No ParaPay account? Visit the Getting started section at the link below for information on how to get started and enrol.

If you prefer to book, cancel, or track your trip by phone, please call 613-560-5000 (TTY 613-244-4833).

Para Transpo trips must be reserved in advance. Please contact us one day before you plan to travel, or up to 7 days in advance for holidays. Please note that Para Transpo’s Cancellation Policy will apply.

Learn more about My Para Transpo


Customer information

Send a text message to 57272 (5PARA)

Para Transpo customers can now text 57272 (or 5PARA) to connect with OC Transpo Customer Service representatives from 6 am to 12:30 am every day. With 57272, our Customer Service Representatives are just a text away!

Text us to:

  • Find out the estimated arrival time of your Para Transpo vehicle
  • Make a direct cancellation for an upcoming trip
  • Ask general questions about Para Transpo service

Bookings, fit-in requests or other changes to trips cannot be done through text at this time. Instead, use My Para Transpo or call us at 613-560-5000.

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Taxi coupon program

The Taxi Coupon Program allows Para Transpo customers to take discounted taxi service as an alternative to Para Transpo.

Taxi coupons can only be used to pay fare. They cannot be used to tip the driver. Friends or family, up to the capacity of the vehicle, may travel with you at no extra charge.

For customers who are blind or visually impaired, the coupons are identified with hole punches for the different values.

You can order by phone or mail, but please allow two weeks for delivery. There is an option for you to sign up for automatic ordering:

  • Receive a number of coupon books every month
  • Payments are processed on the 1st of the month
  • Coupons will be mailed to you 2 to 5 business days later

Learn more

Service animals & travel with pets

To use Para Transpo with a service animal, it must be registered with Lifemark. All customers are welcome to travel with small pets under certain conditions.


Para Transpo fares

Per ride, Per month, Per day, and Para Transpo rates

Learn More about Para Transpo fares

Registration & eligibility

Para Transpo application form

Learn More about Registration & eligibility

Taxi coupon program

Information on the Taxi Coupon Program

Learn More about Taxi coupon program