Ontario seniors’ public transit tax credit

Important: The federal public transit amount was eliminated effective 1 July 2017. However, Ontario seniors can still claim the Ontario seniors’ public transit tax credit.

As an Ontario senior, you can claim the refundable Ontario seniors’ public transit tax credit to help with the costs of public transit costs.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a resident of Ontario as on December 31, 2020
  • Be 65 years of age at the beginning of the year for which you’re claiming the tax credit
  • Have made a qualifying payment for eligible public transit services that you used in 2020

You can claim up $3,000 in eligible public transit expenses and receive up to $450 each year. Keep in mind, you can only claim the tax credit for any senior fare you paid. However, if the transit service you used didn’t have a senior fare for the type of pass or ticket you purchased, you can claim the non-senior (adult) fare.

Note: You can only claim your own public transit expenses (you can't include the expenses you paid for your spouse or your dependants).

Be sure to save your receipts and proof of payment to support your claim, as the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) may ask to see these later.