Ministry of Social Development & Social Innovation

730 Grant Avenue, Courtenay BC V9N 2T3

Toll Free: 1-866-866-0800 (option 3 then option 4)   Fax: 250-703-2421

Website: www.mhr.gov.bc.ca/programs/other.htm

Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm Closed between 12 – 1

Special Transportation Subsidy (STS) is provided to recipients of disability assistance who live in areas where the Bus Pass program is available, but are unable to use public transportation due to their disability or because it would make their disability worse.

Programs & Services:

To qualify for the STS, people must:

  • be in receipt of disability assistance under the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act;
  • reside in an area where the Bus Pass program is available; and
  • provide certification from a physician verifying:

– that they are unable to use the Bus Pass program or any other form of subsidized public   transportation service (such as handyDART and Taxi Savers) due to their disability, or, that their disability would be aggravated by using public transportation; and

– the alternative form of transportation required to accommodate the disability (examples: operating a personal vehicle or paying others for transportation).