Public Transit Passes

An employee's public transit pass is not a taxable benefit in the following cases:

  • The employee receives a total or partial reimbursement, upon presentation of supporting documents, for:
  • You purchase an eligible transit pass or an eligible paratransit pass that is provided to the employee primarily to commute between his or her usual place of residence and the workplace.

However, if you pay the employee an allowance to compensate for the cost of his or her transit pass, you must include the value of the benefit in boxes A and L of the employee's RL-1 slip (see courtesy translation RL-1-T).

Note

Where an employee of a public transit company receives a free or discounted transit pass, or a full or partial reimbursement for such a pass, the pass is not considered a taxable benefit, provided it is to be used only by the employee. However, the fair market value of the pass constitutes a taxable benefit for the employee if the pass is for a member of the employee's family.

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