Will OC Transpo's ridership plummet now that there's no transit tax credit? Probably not.
Metro Ottawa

By Ryan Tumilty, Ottawa Metro News, March 30, 2017

The federal government’s decision to discontinue the public transit tax credit likely won't cause a mass exodus from Ottawa buses, experts told Metro.

In last week’s budget, the 15 per cent non-refundable tax rebate was eliminated. Finance Minister Bill Morneau said in announcing the measure that the credit was not encouraging people to take transit to the extent it was designed to.

Statistics from the City of Ottawa show that 1,218,237 monthly passes were sold in 2006, the year the tax credit was introduced, and that 1,273,539 were sold in the first full year the credit was in place — a jump of 55,000 passes.


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