OTTAWA -- OC Transpo's monthly bus pass is one of the most expensive passes in Canada, and transit riders are facing another 2.5 per cent hike in transit fares on New Year's Day.

Ahead of Wednesday's Transit Commission meeting on the 2021 budget, CTV News Ottawa looked at the cost of a monthly adult bus pass at transit services across Canada. Ottawa ranks behind the TTC in Toronto, Mississauga's "MiWay", Brampton Transit and Vancouver "TransLink" Zone 2 access to the suburbs for most expensive transit fares in Canada.

The cost of an OC Transpo adult monthly bus pass is currently $119.50 a month.

The 2021 City of Ottawa budget includes a proposed 2.5 per cent hike in transit fares. If approved, an adult monthly transit pass will increase $3 to $122.50, while a youth pass will increase $2.25 to $94.50 a month.  The cost of an adult single-ride cash fare would rise a nickel to $3.65.

The TTC is the most expensive transit service in Canada, charging $156 a month for an adult fare. MiWay charges $135 a month, and the cost of an adult monthly pass with Brampton Transit is $128.

Metro Vancouver's transportation network "TransLink" has three fare zones. The monthly bus pass cost for "Zone 1", which covers Vancouver, is $97 for adults. The "Zone 2" fare, which covers Vancouver and the suburbs of Richmond and Burnaby, is $131 a month.

Edmonton Transit Service, which includes a Light Rail System with 18 stations on two different lines, charges $97 a month for an adult monthly bus pass.

An adult monthly bus pass in Calgary costs $109 a month.

The survey by CTV News Ottawa of transit fares across Canada shows Gatineau has higher transit fares than Montreal and Quebec City. The STO charges $99 a month.

A monthly adult bus pass costs $88.50 in Montreal and $89.50 in Quebec City.

The cheapest adult monthly bus fare is in Charlottetown, at $58.50 a month. A monthly bus pass in Whitehorse costs $62 a month.


  • Toronto's TTC - $156
  • Mississauga's MiWay $135
  • Brampton Transit $128
  • Metro Vancouver's Translink (Zone 2, which includes Burnaby and Richmond) $131
  • OC Transpo $122.50 (2021 proposed fare)
  • Hamilton Transit $110
  • Calgary Transit $109
  • Winnipeg Transit $102.50
  • Longueuil's RTL $102 (Local fares - no metro or train access)
  • Gatineau's STO $99
  • Metro Vancouver's Translink (Zone 1 - Vancouver ) $98 
  • Edmonton Transit Service $97
  • London Transit Commission $95
  • Kitchener - Grand River Transit - $90
  • Quebec City $89.50
  • Montreal $88.50
  • Regina $88
  • Saskatoon $83
  • Whitehorse $62 
  • Charlottetown $58.50 


Longueuil's RTL's adult monthly transit pass costs more than Gatineau's. The article has been corrected.