Compass U-Pass

Emily Carr University and the Emily Carr Students’ Union introduced the U-Pass BC program beginning in January 2011. As of May 1, 2015 this program was replaced by the Compass U-Pass BC Program.

The Compass U-Pass BC program is an integrated comprehensive transportation package that provides students in Metro Vancouver with universal, accessible and affordable access to public transit and other sustainable transportation programs.

It is a mandatory program for all members of the Emily Carr University Students' Union. The program was approved via student referendum in October 2010.

All undergraduate and graduate students are automatically in the Compass U-Pass BC Program except for the following student categories:

  • Outgoing Exchange students
  • Students in programs that are not offered at the Great Northern Way campus (i.e., Online Program students; Headstart in Art students)
  • Students that are only registered in WIL/Co-op credits
  • MAA Low Residence program students (except for July)
  • Continuing Studies students

Students who are currently enrolled but not residing in the Lower Mainland for the Spring 2022 term can be exempted from the program. More details are available here.

Compass U-Pass BC fee assessment
The Compass U-Pass BC fee is assessed at the time of registration.

Compass U-Pass BC Fee
The Compass U-Pass BC is $45.10 per month as of May 1, 2023.

You must be registered in at least 3 credits and pay your tuition and Compass U-Pass BC fees by the published fee payment deadline each term in order to remain eligible for a Compass U-Pass BC. Your fees do not need to be paid in advance of the tuition deadline in order for you to activate your pass.


How do I receive my Compass U-Pass?
How much will Compass U-Pass BC cost me?
If I don’t activate my pass am I still charged?
When do I pay for my Compass U-Pass BC card?
What if I forget my student ID?
Can I loan my Compass Card to a friend?
If I’m not able to use my Compass Card, can I sell it to another person?