Parking on Campus

Effective August 30, 2021

Introducing HotSpot, the Mount’s new parking app that lets you pay for parking from your phone, fast tap sign or computer.  No more waiting in line, just pull up the app and put some time on your virtual parking meter. You can get reminders when your time is running out so you can conveniently add time to the meter and avoid getting a ticket without having to stop what you are doing.

HotSpot app


Your current parking permit is no longer required to park on campus.  Your license plate is now seen as your parking permit.

A valid Student ID number and Mount email is required to use the HotSpot Parking app for parking permits to park on campus.

Users of the HotSpot Application are supported by a 24/7 bi-lingual, customer support team via phone, email or in-app, all requests are handled by a live agent.

For any questions regarding HotSpot, please contact or call toll-free 1-855-712-5888.

If you have any questions about this change to campus parking, please contact Kimberley Darr at or 902 457-6502.


September 2021 to August 2022 Parking Fees

Term Permits
1 Term (Sep-Dec, Jan-Apr, May-Aug) $147.00
2 Terms (Sep-Apr, Jan-Aug) $214.00
3 Terms (Sep-Aug) $275.00

A limited number of reserved parking spots are pre-assigned

Summer Session I (May-Jun) $77.00
Summer Session II (Jul-Aug) $77.00

Temporary Parking
Hourly $1.50
Daily $9.00
Weekly $32.00
Monthly $66.00

*All prices include HST.  Revenues collected from the sale of parking permits goes to support the maintenance and repair of parking lots, exterior lighting, snow clearing and ice control services, as well as traffic and parking signs.

If you purchased a 3-term parking permit in the 2019/2020 parking season and have not received a refund during the COVID-19 pandemic, you will receive a 5-month credit starting in September 2021.  Once you sign up for HotSpot parking that information will be in the system and you will automatically receive the credit.  You will be required to purchase a pro-rated, 3 term parking permit in September ($160.00) for the remainder of the 2021/2022 parking season.

You will be able to opt in to Payroll Deduction from August 30 until September 27 for this option.

Methods of Payment

Using the HotSpot app, you can pay for parking with:

Any major credit card, Visa debit, Mastercard debit, Visa gift cards, Amex, Apple Pay & Google Pay.

Payroll Deduction (3 term & Reserved) will be available to all full-time employees (or contract employees receiving a regular, bi-weekly pay from September to April) from August 30 until September 27.

HotSpot Parking Options

Option #1: Download the HotSpot app

  •  Download the HotSpot app from the Apple or Google app store.
  • Follow the prompts to set-up your own personal account.

Option #2: Use the QR codes or use NFC capability on signs located in the parking lots (for hourly parking)

  • Scan the QR code or simply touch your cellular device to the Fast Tap signs located in the parking lot to access hourly parking.
  • You will be redirected to the HotSpot parking payment page. Note that this is a pay-per-use option and subject to a $0.35 fee per transaction. No membership is required however, Google Pay or Apple Pay must be set up on your mobile device.

Option #3: Visit to make desktop hourly payments or create long term permits

  • If you do not have a smartphone, visit to create an account and use your desktop to make hourly payments. Membership fees apply (pay-per-use at $0.20 per transaction, $2.00 plus tax per month or $20.00 plus tax per year for hourly parking. The pay-per-use transaction fee is charged during the parking session, not in advance).

Note that the pay-per-use option available on the app and desktop requires users to upload funds ($20 minimum) to your virtual wallet. Unused funds can be refunded by contacting HotSpot at or call toll-free 1-855-712-5888.

Please note: Membership fees do not apply for long term permits, only hourly when parking at MSVU.

Using HotSpot is also a great way to help reduce your exposure to high-touch surfaces that can lead to the spread of COVID-19.

BONUS: New users get their first half hour of parking FREE!

Pay & Display


There are four pay and display units (coin and credit card only) on campus and they will continue to operate at $1.50 per hour:

  1. At Rosaria Lot #2 located near the McCain Centre 3rd floor entrance.
  2. In the parking lot between College Rd and the Aboriginal Student Centre.
  3. At the corner of Evaristus closest to the large parking lot.
  4. At the bottom of the Steps in front of the EMF

Any amount of time, up to a full day permit, can be purchased at the pay & display. Place your pay and display permit face up and ensure the information on it is visible through your windshield.


A valid parking permit (term, temporary, or Pay & Display) is required for all vehicles parked on the Campus. This is enforced both day and night. 

Permits are not required from Friday at 3:00 pm to Monday at 6:00 am.

Accessible and Reserved parking spaces require special permits and are not for general use.

Ownership of a permit is not transferable.

Permits are not permitted for the purpose of storing vehicles on MSVU property, or vehicles not for the general use of travel to and from MSVU.

Only one permit per person will be allowed.  You are able to add more that one license plate to your account and are able to change it based on what vehicle you have each day.

Display of Permit

Your current parking permit is no longer required to park on campus.  Your license plate is now seen as your parking permit.

Overnight Parking

All vehicles parked on Campus require a valid parking permit, including night shift employees and residents. Drivers/owners of all other vehicles must advise the Security Department when a vehicle must be left on Campus overnight. Keys must be left with the Security Department in case the vehicle must be moved due to an emergency and the following information is required:

a) name of the person leaving the vehicle

b) the make and model of the vehicle

c) licence plate number

Vehicles left overnight must be parked in lots as directed by Security staff. This is particularly important during snow removal operations.


Pro-rated refunds are available to employees who have left the employment of the University, and to students who have completely withdrawn from all classes. Please contact or call toll-free 1-855-712-5888.

Parking Tickets

Mount Saint Vincent University campus is private property. Mount Security staff are authorized to issue tickets to enforce parking regulations. The minimum fine for parking infractions is $20.00.

This page will be updated at a later date.

Tickets are issued for:

  • parking without a valid permit
  • parking in a no parking area, including areas where the pavement is ” lined out “
  • parking in roadways or in traffic lanes
  • parking in fire lanes, in front of a fire hydrant or fire escape route
  • obstructing entrances to walkways, on walkways, on lawns or patios, on sidewalks
  • parking in loading/unloading zones and truck turning areas
  • overnight parking except as authorized by these regulations
  • parking in areas other than authorized by the permit
  • obstructing traffic or in a manner which blocks other vehicles
  • any violation of these regulations

Inoperative, abandoned, and/or unsafe vehicles may be removed from campus at the discretion of the Security office regardless of permit status. This cost will be at owner’s expense.

Failure to comply with Mount Saint Vincent University parking regulations may result in a vehicle being ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense.

Parking privileges may be revoked for:

  • repeat offenses of the above regulations
  • disregarding pedestrian safety
  • ignoring the campus speed limit of 25 km/h