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PROPASS Program: RDN Transit

PROPASS is a permanent bus pass purchased by employees through payroll deductions. PROPASS is valid for travel throughout the RDN Transit System.

About the PROPASS


A main goal of the PROPASS program is to reduce traffic by encouraging employees to use transit whenever possible. PROPASS complements employer initiatives to reduce the number of vehicles being driven to the workplace.

Easy to Administer

A PROPASS is purchased by payroll deduction. It is as easy to administer as a payroll deduction to the United Way.

No Expiry

A PROPASS is valid as long as an employee is on the payroll deduction program.

Cost and Savings

The annual cost of a PROPASS is less than the cost of 12 monthly passes. Average vacation time, sick time and time away from Nanaimo on business or pleasure was taken into account when the PROPASS price was established. Unlike a regular monthly bus pass, PROPASS is not transferable to other users. This was also considered when its price was established.

12 pay periods each deduction is $57.94
24 pay periods each deduction is $26.07
26 pay periods each deduction is $24.07

Tax Deductible

An employee on the PROPASS Program can claim a 15.25% tax credit on their income tax return. They would simply keep their cheque receipt. (More about the Tax Exempt Bus Pass here.)

Family Member Pass

An employee may purchase a second pass for one adult family member who is on their Benefit Program. (PROPASS may eventually expand to include dependent children.)

Terms & Conditions

  • At least five employees are required for a company to enrol.
  • Employees must sign on for a minimum of one year.
  • Employees may opt out if a change of shift, job or place of residence renders the program inoperable, but the PROPASS must be returned to the employer before payroll deductions are stopped.
  • An employee requesting to leave the PROPASS program prior to one year, for reasons other than those stated in the enrolment application, is required to pay the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) the difference between the cost of the monthly Adult pass and the PROPASS for each month in the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ Sheet that answers common questions from employees.

How to Enrol (Employers)

To enrol, download this PROPASS Agreement (Word document), save it to your files, complete the RED sections, then fax or mail it to the Regional District of Nanaimo at:

PROPASS Coordinator
Regional District of Nanaimo Transportation Office
6300 Hammond Bay Road
Nanaimo, BC V9T 6N2
FAX: 390-6572.
If you have any questions, contact the RDN office at: employerpass@rdn.bc.ca, 390-6565.

Once your organisation is enroled, you can start enroling your employees individually using this Employee Enrolment Form. The employees can make appointments to have their photos taken directly with the PROPASS Coordinator.




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