Employee Workshops and Campaigns

Participants at Smart Commute WorkshopSmart Commute can organize various events at your workplace to encourage and promote sustainable transportation alternatives. In addition to providing educational materials, commuting advice and prizes, these events can increase employee morale and foster a healthier work environment. All Smart Commute events include  customized marketing plans, creative elements, and giveaways Рmaking it easy to rollout! We are also happy to work with you to customize an event based on your needs. Want to know what exciting workplace events and campaigns we have lined up for the new year? Check out our 2013 Events Calendar!

Smart Commute Expo

Available All Year Round

People at Smart Commute ExpoThe Smart Commute Expo is a fun and interactive event for employees to learn more about our programs and services.

Participants will be able to use our personalized commute calculator to find out how much time and money their commute costs as well as the amount of environmental impact their commute creates. There will also be a number of interactive booths available to engage participants in the various initiatives our partners are working on. Exclusive gifts and prizes will be offered to your employees at your workplace.

Carpool Week

Illustration with different types of shops with text "Splurge on something other than gas.Carpool Week is an annual event to encourage people to carpool and celebrate how much commuters can save by driving to work, school or an event with at least one other person. Employees at Smart Commute Workplaces can look forward to exclusive promotions during this one-week campaign.

Whether you're driving all the way to work, or just to the GO station, chances are there’s someone else with a similar commute. Carpool Zone will help you get in touch with them and get the carpool started. Two people, sharing a 50km (return) commute five days a week will each save $54 on gasoline in one month.

 

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More commuters choosing to carpool to reduce stress and share the cost of driving

Calculate Your Commute

Find out exactly how much you can save on your commute.

Eco-Driver Lunch n Learn

FLogo of ecoDriverebruary - March

Smart Commute can deliver an Eco-Driver lunch n' learn that provides drivers with fuel-efficient driving tips. Topics covered in the presentation include, the benefits of switching to more efficient vehicles, proper vehicle maintenance and operation, and ways to avoid unnecessary driving. This workshop will teach your employees simple ways to reduce fuel consumption and save money!

Bike to Work Day

Two people on bikes with text "Every Ride Counts" and "Bike to Work Day is May 27"Join thousands of cyclists across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area to celebrate this sustainable and healthy option for commuting!

Take the pledge and you could win a trip for two to Quebec City, courtesy of VIA Rail, or a weekend getaway to St. Catharines courtesy of Welcome Cyclists!

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Clean Air Commute

June

Celebrating its 21st year, the 2013 Pollution Probe’s Clean Air Commute (CAC) is a week-long friendly competition among workplaces that encourages workplace commuters to choose more sustainable modes of transportation – rather than driving to work alone. The goal is to improve local air quality and reduce traffic congestion.

Last year, more than 15,000 people from over 257 workplaces participated in this friendly competition, preventing the release of 555 tonnes of air pollutants from entering out environment.

During the week of June17-24 2013, employees will walk, cycle, carpool, telecommute, or take public transit to or from work in an effort to reduce smog and air pollutants produced during daily commutes. Last year, 85 Smart Commute workplaces representing 8,010 employees across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) participated in the Clean Air Commute.

Clean Air Commute and Your Workplace

Clean Air Commute is a premier event at Smart Commute Workplaces across the GTHA each year and momentum is building for another week of friendly competition and great prizes.

Bike Tune-up Clinic

May-June

Attendees watching instructor at Bike Tune-Up ClinicSmart Commute can deliver interactive one-hour bike tune-up clinics at your workplace during lunch hours. Led by professional bike mechanics, these hands-on clinics teach employees how to properly maintain their bikes. Employees will also recieve great gifts for their bikes, ensuring that every participant can take something away from these fun and educational sessions.

Cycling Safety Workshop

Bike lane on roadMay - June

Expand your employees' knowledge of bike safety by hosting a Smart Commute Cycling Safety Workshop at your workplace. These one-hour lunch workshops will cover topics such as the basics of the Highway Traffic Act, proper road positioning, and communicating in traffic. Employees will also receive great gifts for their bikes to help them ride safely.

Activate Your Commute Challenge

July

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Active Switch Challenge!

A total of 848 registered users from 66 workplaces and campuses across the Greater Toronto Area participated in the Active Switch Challenge from Monday, July 14th to Sunday July 20th, 2014.

 

Smart Commute Week

September

Mother hugging child after soccer game with text, "I made it to her game on time... because I'm a smart commuter". Smart Commute Week Sept 17-23, 2012.Take the Smart Commute Week Challenge!

Smart Commute Week encourages commuters to carpool, walk, cycle, take public transit, and telework for a week.

During the week-long challenge, commuters commuters are asked to try a more sustainable commuting mode and to record the details using a Trip Diary tool on Carpool Zone.

Last year's Smart Commute Week took place from September 17 to 23. The grand prize was a trip for two to Montreal, courtesy of VIA Rail. The lucky grand prize winner is Abigail Turple, a student at Mohawk College (Hamilton). She takes the campus shuttle from Brantford to Hamilton to get to her classes.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Smart Commute Week.

Smart Commute Awards

About the Awards

The Awards were introduced in 2007 to recognize the top employer in each region implementing Smart Commute programs. Winners are selected for outstanding achievement in the areas of commitment, leadership, innovation and results.

In 2008, two additional awards were added to the line-up: The Regional Employer of the Year Award, which recognizes the overall highest achievement of any Smart Commute employer across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area; and the Smart Commute Champion Award, which celebrates the ‘above and beyond’ achievements of one individual whose contribution is integral to the success of a Smart Commute program anywhere in the region.