Taking transit to UVic
UVic is the second most active transit hub in the Greater Victoria region. Each day buses serve 10 regular transit routes to and from campus-each linked to the entire Victoria Regional transit network. All students taking at least one course on campus have a U-Pass, and employees are able to purchase the discounted Employee Bus Pass. Each is valid for travel throughout the region, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Visitors to campus can use the full range of bus passes available from BC Transit, from a one-way ticket, to a day pass, to a monthly pass.
Employee Bus Pass
The intent of the subsidized employee bus pass is to offer UVic continuing employees the option of using subsidized transit instead of commuting by vehicle to the Gordon Head Campus and thus having to purchase an annual parking permit. These bus passes are not transferable—they’re for use by eligible employees only. The eligible employee must agree to purchase the transit pass for their sole personal use to commute to the University of Victoria Gordon Head Campus.
To qualify for the subsidized bus pass, an employee must be eligible. Eligible is defined as:
- Any employee who lives off campus and commutes to the Gordon Head Campus at least 3 days per week and;
- is benefit-eligible or;
- is on a continuing appointment or;
- is on a temporary appointment whose hours of work are not less than 3 days per week.
Employees who are paid hourly are not eligible (ie. Casual employees). For employees on an appointment, the appointment must fully cover the month the employee is wishing to purchase a subsidized Bus Pass for.
Bus passes and taxes
In compliance with Canada Revenue Agency regulations, the UVic investment toward employee participation in the Employee Bus Pass program is considered a taxable benefit. The deduction from your paycheque will be the tax on the UVic portion. If you have any questions regarding the Employee Bus Pass or Flexi-Pass program, please call Campus Security at 250-721-6683. See the UVic Travel Choices website for extensive information on taking transit to and from campus, or visit the Campus Security office to purchase your employee bus pass.