Public Transit Assistance Program (PTAP)


The purpose of the Public Transit Assistance Program (PTAP) is to assist public transit services with the purchase of capital assets.


New and existing public transit organizations in Nova Scotia that are currently providing a fixed or fixed-flex route service. If approved, funding will be provided once the service is operational.

Funding requests will not be considered from the following organizations:

  • Public transit services in pilot phase
  • Door-to-door community transit services
  • Shuttle Operators
  • Taxi Industry
  • Inter-city transit operators
  • Nursing Homes
  • Individuals

Eligible Expenses

Funding is intended for capital purchases such as buses, terminals and bus shelters that support the transit services long range investment strategy or the funds can be set aside in a capital reserve until such time as they are required.

PTAP funding is not to be used to offset the cost of operating the service.

Grant Calculation

The formula is based on total annual ridership and the service area population of a public transit service (i.e, # of people within 1 km of a bus stop).

Please contact program staff of the Department of Municipal Affairs to get an estimate of funding availability.

How to request funding

A letter requesting funding under PTAP must be submitted directly to the Minister of the Municipal Affairs. New services should submit their request prior to April 1st to be considered for funding. New requests received after April 1st will be considered only if budget is available.

Once approved, transit organizations must send a letter at the beginning of each fiscal year requesting the continuation of PTAP funding. The letter must outline how the previous year funds were spent, the plan for the current year funds and if applicable, the balance of reserve fund.

Funding approval is subject to annual budget approval and funding may be reduced or pro-rated depending on total new funding requests.

2018-19 Grant recipients

Download Public Transit Assistance Program (PTAP) recipients list.


Contact Information

Greg Sewell
Executive Lead Community Transportation
Department of Communities Culture and Heritage

Phone: 902-719-7673