Solve real business problems and make a positive impact on the climate.
Transit-Friendly Employer is a certification program offered by TransLink. It recognizes leading organizations for making employee travel easy, affordable, and climate friendly.
How does it work? Participating employers provide at least a 50% transit subsidy for their employees (with employees responsible for the remainder).
Attract and retain talent – provide a valuable perk for employees.
Make it easy for employees to travel to and from work.
Do your part – demonstrate commitment to climate action.
Recognition: With a marketable stamp, employers can differentiate themselves by proudly displaying their Transit-Friendly Employer certification. They’ll also be recognized through TransLink’s communications channels as leading the way to a more sustainable future.
Support sustainable commuting and climate action
Gain a recruitment and retention edge
Meet your sustainability goals
Gain valuable data to understand your workforce – including Scope 3 emissions
Reduce employer and employee parking costs
More affordable and sustainable transportation options
Improve health and wellness
Reduce personal climate impact
Less traffic and congestion
Address the climate emergency
A healthier environment for everyone
Get certified and join a growing coalition of committed sustainability leaders.
“The transit-friendly employer program has been a way for us to invest in our people.”
Jonathan Schmidt, SoC Design Engineering Manager
“Being able to provide that subsidy helps to reduce their costs of getting into work, helps us to recruit new team members, and of course, it helps to reduce our impact on the environment.”
Katrina Shum, Head of Sustainability
“At YVR, we feel a sense of urgency, with respect to getting affordable transit and climate friendly transit into the hands of our many, many employees.”
Tamara Vrooman, President and CEO
“A program like this absolutely helps us attract and retain people.”
Dr. David Byres, President and CEO
Differentiate your business
Today’s workforce expects companies to lead on climate action and social responsibility. 61% of corporate leaders believe that sustainability leads to market differentiation and improved financial performance. (source: USGBC)
Attract and retain talent
Labour challenges across Canada and the world are turning recruiting and retention into a competitive battleground. In Canada, 25% of employees cite their commute as a major reason for moving jobs.
Encourage sustainable commuting
At 32% of regional GHGs, transportation is the largest single source of GHGs in the region. By choosing to take transit instead of driving – you’re taking one of the biggest steps to reducing your carbon footprint. A trip on a hybrid-diesel bus reduces GHGs by 56% compared to driving a gasoline car. A trip on an electric-trolley bus or SkyTrain reduces GHGs by over 99% compared to driving a gasoline car.
Address the climate emergency
We all need to do our part: based on our surveys, two-thirds of organizations in the region have a corporate climate policy. For many organizations, employee commuting is a significant source of GHGs. Shifting to transit is a quick and economical way to reduce emissions. For our part, we’re working towards a zero-emissions fleet.Sign up to TransLink for Organizations
To be eligible for certification, your organization must meet these requirements:
Employer provides a transit subsidy of at least 50%* (with the employee responsible for the remainder).
For large employers (200+ employees): 10% of staff must register (minimum six month time commitment)
For small employers: 25% of staff must sign up
* - annual audit applies
We can get you up in running in a few easy steps:
Initial consultation: Sign Up for TransLink for Organizations – we’ll learn about your needs and work towards a tailored solution.
Onboarding and payment: once you’re set up, we’ll invoice you monthly.
Launch support: We’ll provide marketing materials to support the roll-out.
Ongoing optimization: You can adjust your preferences online at any time.
Once certification requirements are met, you’ll receive a digital badge so you can tell the world you’re a Transit-Friendly Employer! We’ll also recognize you through TransLink’s communications channels.