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U-Pass BC Program Suspended

Post-secondary institutions and student associations have worked with TransLink to temporarily suspend the U-Pass BC program as of May 1. For more information visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Precautions page.



The objectives of the U-Pass BC Program are to:

  • Provide lower-cost travel for students
  • Encourage students to make transit part of their lifestyle by including travel with the U-Pass BC Program for entertainment, recreation, and other non-school related trips
  • Reduce single-occupancy vehicles, traffic congestion, and greenhouse gases
  • Begin to create a sustainable transit program that provides students with a low-cost transit fare and a level of transit service that meets this demand
  • Create a new U-Pass BC Code of Ethics that allows students to continue to enjoy the benefits of the U-Pass BC Program

Only public, post-secondary schools within the Metro Vancouver region, as determined by the Ministry of Advanced Education, are eligible to join the U-Pass BC Program in Metro Vancouver. Privately-funded, post-secondary schools are not eligible to join the U-Pass BC Program at this time.

No. A U-Pass BC loaded on a Compass Card, Wristband, or Mini is only valid on TransLink services in Metro Vancouver.

Most students attending one of the participating, public post-secondary institutions are eligible for the Program. While eligibility criteria for the Program is established by the Province of British Columbia, a student’s eligibility is determined by each post-secondary institution based on that criteria.

For more information on your eligibility status for the U-Pass BC Program, please contact your post-secondary institution U-Pass BC Program representative.

Overall, the benefit of a significantly-discounted transit pass provided through the Program is partly dependent on the ability of student associations to charge a mandatory fee to participate in the Program. Students approve their participation in the Program through a referendum held by their student association.

However, the Program does allow for a limited number of exemptions to be set by each post-secondary institution and their respective student association.

For more information on your eligibility for, or exemption from, the Program, please contact your post-secondary institution or student association U-Pass BC Program representative.

The current monthly U-Pass BC fee for eligible students is $41.00.

U-Pass BC Fees are collected by your post-secondary institution as part of your student fees.

You will load your U-Pass BC onto an Adult Compass Card, Wristband, or Mini. Visit upassbc.translink.ca to learn more.

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