Savings for public transit users
Since 2007 the federal government has offered a non-refundable tax credit on the cost of monthly
public transit passes.
You simply enter the amount spent on your trips between January 1 and December 31
of the fiscal year on line 364 of schedule 1 of your federal income tax form (T1).
You do not need to send any supporting documents with your income tax form, but you must keep your proofs of payment in case the Canada Revenue Agency should ask for them. It is strongly recommended that you make photocopies of your receipts. Some fare dispensers use a heat-sensitive ink that can fade over time making the receipt unreadable.
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Practical, smart and secure
Your OPUS card is part of your daily bus and métro travel across the island
You can charge various transit fares onto your OPUS card, according to your
needs. For example, you can load it with a monthly fare, a weekly fare or
even a series of single trips for the STM network as well as with single
trips on RTL or STL buses. To load your fares, go to one of the
points of sale, use one of the 200 fare vending machines or
recharging terminals or have the fare collector in the métro load it for you.
A durable card
Handle your card with care and it will last for up to four years. Use a
plastic case to protect your card’s electronic chip.
Use it correctly!
Once your transit fares are loaded onto the card, simply hold your OPUS card
above the reader on the fare box in the bus or on the turnstile in the
métro. To validate your fare, place your card against the card reader and
hold for a second. You must keep your valid transit fare for the duration of
your trip, as it is your proof of payment. The smart card also contains your
When you charge tickets onto your OPUS card and use them to pay your
transit fare, you have 120 minutes from the time you initially board a
transit vehicle to use your transfer. If you have to use more than one
STM vehicle (métro or bus) to complete a trip, you simply have to hold
your OPUS card above the card reader on the bus fare box or the métro
turnstile to validate your transfer. If you use an STM vehicle after the
120 minutes allowed for your transfer, another ticket will be deducted
from your OPUS card.
A transfer does not allow transit users to carry out a return trip or to
interrupt their trip and later continue the trip on the same bus route.
You cannot take the métro again with a transfer if you used the métro to
begin your trip.