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Transit-Friendly Employer Certification

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.

Transit Friendly Employer stamp logo

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.

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    To connect about how your business can benefit from the Transit-Friendly Employer certification, email


    For Employers

    • 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

    For Employees

    • More affordable and sustainable transportation options

    • Improve health and wellness

    • Reduce personal climate impact

    For the Community

    • Less traffic and congestion

    • Address the climate emergency

    • A healthier environment for everyone

    Join a Growing Coalition

    Get certified and join a growing coalition of committed sustainability leaders. 

    Intel logo
    PHSA logo
    Lush logo
    Solidigm logo
    YVR logo
    Melanie Auld logo
    The College of Chiropractors of British Columbia logo
    Zymeworks logo
    Protect International logo
    Legal Aid BC logo
    Organika logo
    Neighbourhood Holding Company Ltd logo
    Fairmont Hotel YVR logo
    Spring Financial logo
    Demonware Inc. logo
    West Point Grey Academy logo
    Vivreau logo
    Rivian logo
    Canfor logo
    Vancouver Coastal Health logo
    Grouse Mountain logo
    Matchbox logo
    Heinzelsales logo
    Grouse Mountain logo
    Broadway Subway Project Corporation logo
    Ultra X-Press Printing Inc. logo
    BC Poverty Reduction Coalition logo

    What Employers are Saying

    Intel Canada

    “The transit-friendly employer program has been a way for us to invest in our people.”

    Jonathan Schmidt, SoC Design Engineering Manager

    LUSH Cosmetics

    “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

    YVR Airport

    “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

    Provincial Health Services Authority

    “A program like this absolutely helps us attract and retain people.”

    Dr. David Byres, President and CEO

    Reasons to Act: By the Numbers

    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.

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    Eligibility Requirements

    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

    Get Started

    We can get you up in running in a few easy steps:

    1. Initial consultation: Sign Up for TransLink for Organizations – we’ll learn about your needs and work towards a tailored solution.

    2. Onboarding and payment: once you’re set up, we’ll invoice you monthly.

    3. Launch support: We’ll provide marketing materials to support the roll-out.

    4. 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.