Commuter Challenge Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Response

The world has been devastated by the impacts of the Corona Virus pandemic. It has affected everyone’s lives in just about every way; influencing how people work, stay connected to each other, find time for leisure, and many more aspects. It has also had a significant impact on mobility. 

Streets are close to deserted and many people are reluctant to use public transport and other shared mobility systems. 

As a result, the simple joys of walking and cycling are being discovered and rediscovered by many. We are seeing examples of this around the world, including in Manitoba, where people are increasingly getting back on their bicycles and rediscovering their neighbourhoods on foot. 

Commutes will look different this year, so will the Commuter Challenge. We hope you will join us again this year!

What is happening with Commuter Challenge and COVID-19? In response to COVID-19, the event will go forward without physical gatherings. We will proceed with the online component of Commuter Challenge and make adjustments as more information becomes available. 

In 2020, participants may log kilometres for:

  • Commuting to an Essential Job
  • Tele-working/Tele-commuting/Working from home
  • Accessing Essential Goods/Services
  • Enjoying Recreational Activities

See transportation advice from the Province of Manitoba here

Registration & Log-In

Who can participate? Commuter Challenge addresses Canadians of legal driving age (16+). It is predominantly a workplace program but you can also sign up as an individual with no workplace affiliation. 

I participated in previous years. Do I need to register again? Yes, please register again; it only takes a minute to set up your workplace or your personal account.
Do I need to pay a fee to participate as individual in the Commuter Challenge? Some local host organizations charge a fee from workplaces to cover their costs, however, in Manitoba, it is FREE for workplaces and participants to take part. 
Why do I need to register? By registering with the Commuter Challenge you gain access to our tracking tool and can measure your impacts during Commuter Challenge week. You can also share your impacts with your friends and co-workers, lead by example and challenge them to participate in the Commuter Challenge too. 
I registered my workplace but now I cannot log in. What’s wrong? To protect your personal information we have separated workplace registration and individual registration. You already completed the first step by signing up your workplace. In order to track your personal commute please register yourself as individual under your workplace. You can use the same email address and password if you wish.

City & Workplace Coordination

I would like to get my community involved in the Commuter Challenge. How do I get started? Great that you want to get your community moving! Please check the Contacts page if there is already a host organization in your community. If there is no existing host organization, please contact the national Commuter Challenge office for further information and assistance. You may also find our Commuter Challenge City Coordinator kit and case studies from previous years useful.

Is there a local contact in my community that can support me with the Commuter Challenge?  In Manitoba, Green Action Centre coordinates the event. Please have a look at the Contacts page to find your Commuter Challenge contact. 
How can I promote Commuter Challenge in my workplace / community? Please check out the Coordinator Corner page to access materials and resources to help you promote the challenge! 

Participation Requirements

What is a sustainable mode of transportation? Sustainable modes of transportation include: walking, wheeling, cycling, carpooling, taking transit, and telecommuting. These modes are significantly less harmful to the environment and personal health than driving alone. Everything active that does not involve motorized transportation is also considered a healthy and sustainable commute, e.g. rollerblading, skateboarding, unicycling, canoeing, etc.

Do I have to participate every day of Commuter Challenge week? To participate in Commuter Challenge you only need to make one trip without driving alone in your car. The more trips you make without your car, the greater your positive impact will be.
What is the definition of a commute?The definition of commuting is a person who travels some distance to work on a regular basis. Shopping, errands, appointments, etc. do not fit into this category. Commuter Challenge’s aim is to get the workplace to support and reward their staff in their healthier commuter choices. 

Tracking Your Commute & Measuring Impacts

I don’t know my commute distance. Where can I find it? We recommend Google Maps to find out distances. Enter your home street address in the search field and click ‘Search Maps’. Your address will appear on the left side of the map; sometimes there are different options, e.g. for SW or NW. Click on ‘Directions’ under your home address and enter your workplace address in the empty search field that pops up. Depending on your location you can choose different modes of transportation (car, transit, walk, bike). You can modify your search with different options like avoiding highways, fastest connection, distance in km or miles, etc. Once you have chosen all applicable options, you will then get three options with distance and time estimates.

How are my impacts calculated?
  • Calories: 55 per KM
  • Co2 = Potential Co2 – Co2 Emitted
  • Potential Co2 = Total KM * 0.2242 (assumes mid size car/gas) o Co2 Emitted = Total KM * [Emission Factor based on Mode]
  • Emission factors – Drive: 0.2242 – Carpool (2 people): 0.1121 – Carpool (3+): 0.0747 – Scooter: 0.0472 – Transit: 0.03635726
  • Fuel saved = Total KM / 100 * [Fuel Factor]
  • Fuel Factors – Drive: 0 – Carpool (2 people): 3.17 – Carpool (3+): 4.75 – Scooter: 7.5 – Transit: 8.9183 – All other modes: 9.5


How are winners determined? Community winners are declared based on their participation numbers in each population category. The population categories are:

  • Over 1,000,000 people
  • 500,000 and above
  • 250,000 and above
  • 100,000 and above
  • 50,000 and above
  • 25,000 and above
  • 10,000 and above
  • 5,000 and above
  • Less than 5,000 people

Local winners are also determined by City Coordinators based on different criteria including percentage of participation, most days participated, most kilometres traveled sustainably, most participants in a certain mode, etc. Some cities also draw individual winners at random among all participants to receive various prizes from sponsors.