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Free annual Halifax Transit pass: Department of Community Services

Income Assistance clients and their families in the Halifax Regional Municipality are eligible for a free annual Halifax Transit pass.

Government has partnered with Halifax Transit to offer free annual bus passes to all eligible Income Assistance clients and their families in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM).


Free annual bus passes are available to:

  • Income Assistance clients living in HRM
  • their spouses
  • their children aged 13 to 18 (with parental consent)

Children under 12 can ride Halifax Transit for free.

How to get your pass

  1. You and your family members need to visit one of our offices in the HRM.
  2. We’ll take your photo to print on your pass.
  3. Your bus pass will be mailed to your home.

If your address is going to change soon, tell your caseworker before you sign up for a bus pass.

Bus pass photo offices

You can get your photo taken at one of these Department of Community Services offices. They’re open from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Cole Harbour
Cole Harbour Place, 51 Forest Hills Parkway

90 Alderney Drive, Suite 201

MacDonald Building, 2131 Gottingen Street

7071 Bayers Rd, Suite 1001

Lower Sackville
Cobequid Centre, 40 Freer Lane (off Cobequid Rd)

Privacy notice

Halifax Transit requires that the Department of Community Services Bus Pass and all other annual passes include the name and photo of the person using the pass. We’ll collect and use your photo only for your bus pass. This follows the privacy provisions of the Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP).

If you have any questions about the collection and use of this personal information, contact Information Access and Privacy (IAP) Services.


If you have questions about the bus pass program, call your caseworker or 1-877-424-1177

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