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Low Income Transit Passes for Manitoba

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Low Income Transit Passes for Manitoba

Kids are back in school (kind of) and people are back to work (some of us). Okay, so it’s a strange time. I think we can all agree with that. But we’re adjusting and part of that adjustment is figuring out ways to keep our costs to a minimum while navigating this new kind of normal. And while so many things are up in the air, one thing that has been a constant is the low-income travel passes for commuters in Manitoba. 

If you don’t already know, both Manitoba offers different programs for low-income commuters. If you qualify, you’ll have to fill out some forms first. But if you’re trying to conserve every dollar while still commuting across your city, then it’s worth the effort. We’ll cover who can apply, how you apply, and what kind of savings you can expect. 

What you need to know about low-income transit passes in Manitoba

Manitoba has developed a program for low-income commuters living in Winnipeg. Let’s get into the details.

WINNpass for Winnipeg Residents

WINNpass is a new offering from Winnipeg Transit on its bus system. Starting in May 2020, Winnpass offers low-income individuals reduced rates on their monthly adult bus passes. 

How much does the WINNpass cost?

If you are eligible to receive the Winnpass, you will get a 30% discount on the current cost of an adult transit pass. In 2021, the discount will increase to 40%, and by 2022, you can expect a 50% discount.

Who can apply

You must be an adult residing in Winnipeg between the ages of 18-64. You also have to meet one of the following income criteria: 

  • You are receiving Employment Income Assistance.
  • You are a new permanent resident or a refugee who has been in Canada for less than a year and have not yet filed a tax return.
  • You are a part of a household with income less than the Low Income Cut Off (amounts listed below.)
Number of people in a household Total income
1 $26,426
2 $32,899
3 $40,445
4 $49,106
5 $55,695
6 $62,814
7 $69,935

How do you apply for a WINNpass?

There are many ways to apply for the WINNpass. 

WINNpass, Winnipeg Transit Service Centre

Main Floor, 510 Main Street

R3B 1B9

Application forms can be picked up at Transit Service Centres

How it works

After you submit your application, a letter will be sent to let you know whether or not you’ve been approved for a WINNpass. If you’ve been approved, you have to bring the confirmation letter plus your ID (and the ID of anyone else in your household who will need a card) to any Transit Customer Service Centre.

Your card is active for one year before having to be renewed. There is a $5 fee for the card (in addition to the reduced pass price). 

If you have any more questions, contact the Transit Plus contact centre at 204-986-5722. 

Transit Tip: Get real-time transit alerts and arrival times with Rocketman. Learn more about the Rocketman app for Winnipeg transit.

Don’t let your income prevent you from commuting 

There shouldn’t be any barrier to preventing you from commuting. You need to make a living, and if part of that involves physically being at work, you need to be there. So, take advantage of these discounts – they’re put in place to help make your life easier. The application process is relatively simple and the eligibility requirements are straightforward. Take the time to fill out the appropriate forms and qualify for those discounts.

At Rocketman, we do our best to keep you ahead of your commute. Get real-time transit alerts, arrival times and try our new crowdedness feature to avoid busy times on your journey.

Download the Rocketman app:

Rocketman transit app for iOS

Rocketman transit app for Android

This article offers general information only and is not intended as legal, financial or other professional advice. A professional advisor should be consulted regarding your specific situation. While the information presented is believed to be factual and current, its accuracy is not guaranteed and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subjects discussed. All expressions of opinion reflect the judgment of the author(s) as of the date of publication and are subject to change. No endorsement of any third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products or services is expressly given or implied by Royal Bank of Canada or its affiliates.

Kids are back in school (kind of) and people are back to work (some of us). Okay, so it’s a strange time. I think we can all agree with that. But we’re adjusting and part of that adjustment is figuring out ways to keep our costs to a minimum while navigating this new kind of normal. And while so many things are up in the air, one thing that has been a constant is the low-income travel passes for commuters in Manitoba. 

If you don’t already know, both Manitoba offers different programs for low-income commuters. If you qualify, you’ll have to fill out some forms first. But if you’re trying to conserve every dollar while still commuting across your city, then it’s worth the effort. We’ll cover who can apply, how you apply, and what kind of savings you can expect. 

What you need to know about low-income transit passes in Manitoba

Manitoba has developed a program for low-income commuters living in Winnipeg. Let’s get into the details.

WINNpass for Winnipeg Residents

WINNpass is a new offering from Winnipeg Transit on its bus system. Starting in May 2020, Winnpass offers low-income individuals reduced rates on their monthly adult bus passes. 

How much does the WINNpass cost?

If you are eligible to receive the Winnpass, you will get a 30% discount on the current cost of an adult transit pass. In 2021, the discount will increase to 40%, and by 2022, you can expect a 50% discount.

Who can apply

You must be an adult residing in Winnipeg between the ages of 18-64. You also have to meet one of the following income criteria: 

  • You are receiving Employment Income Assistance.
  • You are a new permanent resident or a refugee who has been in Canada for less than a year and have not yet filed a tax return.
  • You are a part of a household with income less than the Low Income Cut Off (amounts listed below.)
Number of people in a household Total income
1 $26,426
2 $32,899
3 $40,445
4 $49,106
5 $55,695
6 $62,814
7 $69,935

How do you apply for a WINNpass?

There are many ways to apply for the WINNpass. 

WINNpass, Winnipeg Transit Service Centre

Main Floor, 510 Main Street

R3B 1B9

Application forms can be picked up at Transit Service Centres

How it works

After you submit your application, a letter will be sent to let you know whether or not you’ve been approved for a WINNpass. If you’ve been approved, you have to bring the confirmation letter plus your ID (and the ID of anyone else in your household who will need a card) to any Transit Customer Service Centre.

Your card is active for one year before having to be renewed. There is a $5 fee for the card (in addition to the reduced pass price). 

If you have any more questions, contact the Transit Plus contact centre at 204-986-5722. 

Transit Tip: Get real-time transit alerts and arrival times with Rocketman. Learn more about the Rocketman app for Winnipeg transit.

Don’t let your income prevent you from commuting 

There shouldn’t be any barrier to preventing you from commuting. You need to make a living, and if part of that involves physically being at work, you need to be there. So, take advantage of these discounts – they’re put in place to help make your life easier. The application process is relatively simple and the eligibility requirements are straightforward. Take the time to fill out the appropriate forms and qualify for those discounts.

At Rocketman, we do our best to keep you ahead of your commute. Get real-time transit alerts, arrival times and try our new crowdedness feature to avoid busy times on your journey.

Download the Rocketman app:

Rocketman transit app for iOS

Rocketman transit app for Android

This article offers general information only and is not intended as legal, financial or other professional advice. A professional advisor should be consulted regarding your specific situation. While the information presented is believed to be factual and current, its accuracy is not guaranteed and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subjects discussed. All expressions of opinion reflect the judgment of the author(s) as of the date of publication and are subject to change. No endorsement of any third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products or services is expressly given or implied by Royal Bank of Canada or its affiliates.

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This article offers general information only and is not intended as legal, financial or other professional advice. A professional advisor should be consulted regarding your specific situation. While the information presented is believed to be factual and current, its accuracy is not guaranteed and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subjects discussed. All expressions of opinion reflect the judgment of the author(s) as of the date of publication and are subject to change. No endorsement of any third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products or services is expressly given or implied by Royal Bank of Canada or its affiliates.

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