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10 July 2017


Ontario Seniors’ Public Transit Tax Credit (OSPTTC)

The Ontario Seniors’ Public Transit Tax Credit (OSPTTC) was announced in the 2017 Ontario Budget and the following information is provided to help municipal transit providers plan for administrative changes that may be required with its introduction.

The Ministry of Transportation in partnership with the Ministry of Finance, have designed a refundable tax credit for Ontario seniors aged 65 and over, at the beginning of a given tax year, for the use of public transit. The OSPTTC will apply to public transit services, both conventional and specialized, that are operated by Ontario’s municipalities and Ontario government agencies, including Metrolinx.

Effective July 1, 2017, certain public transit costs will be eligible for this credit. Amounts that are eligible for the OSPTTC include payments for the following services and through the following methods of payment:

  • Trips on short haul services offered to the general public and operated on bus, subway, train or tram;
  • Day passes, set passes (i.e., 10 rides), and fares paid with electronic fare cards (e.g., PRESTO);
  • Single ride tickets or tokens, as long as the user obtains an itemized receipt issued at purchase; and
  • Cash fares, as well as any of the other payments listed above, only for specialized transit services, as long as the user obtains an itemized receipt issued at purchase.

In addition, if a senior rate is not available for the type of pass or ticket purchased, the non-senior fare is eligible under the OSPTTC. Please note that cash fares for conventional public transit services are ineligible for the credit.

Based upon the above, you will likely be aware that there are some differences to the range of fares/fare media eligible under the OSPTTC, compared to the federal tax credit for transit usage, which ends on June 30, 2017. This may result in an increase in the requests by transit customers for receipts at point of sale for some transit services.

CUTA Forum 2017: Route to Innovation - Registration Now Open!

Join us in Richmond Hill (York Region) for CUTA Forum 2017. Known for attracting industry-leading North American and international guest speakers and panelists, CUTA’s Forum is a must-attend event! Register here.

Book your Accommodations – CUTA Hotel Room Block now open!
For the Forum, we have selected the Sheraton Parkway Hotel which is a four-diamond, award-winning hotel in Richmond Hill. The hotel offers upscale comfort and personalized service. Delegates are encouraged to book early as guestrooms will fill up quickly!

Special rates, beginning at $159, have been negotiated for the CUTA Fall Forum. Make your reservations directly with the hotel using the information listed below.

Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites
600 Highway 7 East, Richmond Hill, Ontario
Book by clicking here

For further information please contact Paulina Cadena, National Conference & Events Lead.

 

Supercluster Webinar Recording

On Tuesday July 4th, CUTRIC hosted a webinar on their Innovation Supercluster bid. During this webinar, CUTRIC staff described the Supercluster program and the CUTRIC initiative within it. Staff reviewed the industry-led CUTRIC projects in mobility electrification (battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric technologies), as well as "smart" (automated, connected and on-demand) vehicle demonstration projects that will form the basis of CUTRIC's national supercluster bid focused on Advanced Low-Carbon Mobility Innovation.

If you were unable to attend the webinar or would like to share this information with your colleagues, the recording can be accessed here.

For more information, please contact Joshua Goodfield at CUTRIC or Lauren Rudko at CUTA (ext. 113).

CUTA Learning has opened registration for its Fall courses 

The cost of recruiting and training a bus operator who is not a good fit or who doesn’t complete training during their first year is almost $10,000.A wrong fit will cost you in poor service, sick time, disciplinary actions and even collisions, which can average up to $2000 per incident. Here at CUTA, we can help you strengthen your hiring decisions and find the right candidates quickly.

We have launched bulk pricing for STRADA reports.

For more information, please contact Kevin Brown at extension 121.