HOW IT STARTED

2010 - The Pilot Program

For several years, student unions (SFUO and GSAED) and the University administration worked together to obtain affordable transit service for uOttawa full-time students.

In 2010, a referendum passed to run a pilot U-Pass program at the University of Ottawa and at Carleton University. The University, the SFUO, the GSAED and the City of Ottawa entered into an agreement to provide a one-year pilot program to determine a fair revenue-neutral price for the U-Pass. Students voted “Yes” on the referendum question:

“Are you in favour of contributing $145.00 per semester per full-time student for the creation of a mandatory U-Pass program?”

This lead to a three-year agreement between the University of Ottawa, the SFUO, the GSAED and the City of Ottawa.

2015 – Agreement with STO

After many requests to make the U-Pass program more inclusive for all students of the University of Ottawa, in the summer of 2015, OC Transpo entered an agreement with the Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) to include students residing in Gatineau STO service area to the U-Pass program.

As of fall 2015, all full-time students residing in the STO and OC Transpo’s areas of service are eligible for a U-Pass.

2016 – Smart card and Summer U-Pass

In 2016, a referendum passed to put into effect a summer U-Pass for all full-time graduate and undergraduate students attending the University of Ottawa. Students voted “Yes” on the referendum question:

"Do you agree that each student registered full-time in a summer session contribute $192.70 with a maximum increase of 2.5% per year for a summer U-Pass, which will be valid from May 1st to August 31st, beginning on May 1st, 2016?"

The U-Pass smart card started off as a pilot project during the summer 2016 term. Due to its success, the U-Pass will now officially be a smart card for upcoming terms.

2019 – Distribution and management by the uOttawa Card Service

With the SFUO being voted out, the distribution and management of the U-Pass was transferred to the uOttawa Card Service.  Both student associations remain involved in the U-Pass program.  

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