A wonderful company called SustainMobility are interested in reduced traffic congestion, reducing travel time, saving money, reducing Ontario’s gas emissions and promoting a healthy active lifestyle. Suddenly it’s quite easy to see why the company’s name is SustainMobility. After seeing interesting trends, SustainMobility decided to create a way for employees of company’s to commute in keeping with their mandate which is to encourage sustainable and active transportation. Thus, Commute Ontario was born and Trillium agreed that is was such a great idea that SustainMobility, a not for profit organization, was awarded a Trillium Grant in support of Commute Ontario. During a telephone interview Glenn Gumulka, Executive Director of SustainMobility stated he was very grateful to Trillium for funding during the next three years. SustainMobility has been in working it’s ‘green’ ideas for approximately 15 years and once Commute Ontario was up and running, it was time to get the ball rolling and get the word out about their free online program. Shelburne EDC/ Marketing Coordinator Carol Maitland met and discussed Shelburne’s possible support of the program and Shelburne CAO, Denyse Morrissey signed on November 21, 2018.
Shelburne, Orangeville, Dufferin County and Grey Highlands have agreed to jump on board and help promote the program in support of local businesses in need of exactly this kind of commuting partnership that can be extremely cost effective for fellow employees who would like to carpool to work. The idea is to first engage and encourage businesses, post-secondary compasses, and municipalities to adopt the online program, which is free, and provide access to business employees who can join and hopefully arrange the carpool situation that would meet their needs. If you know of a business that would benefit from the Commute Ontario Program, recommend they visit the Commute Ontario Program website.
Explore the site, and discover all the ways you can challenge yourself by registering health facts about yourself and your commuter or healthy travelling experience. This site is very engaging, fun and who doesn’t like to win prizes? Some lucky person will win $500 for being actively involved in the Carpool Month Campaign. In keeping with the philosophy that knowledge is power, now you have the power to solve your commuting dilemma.
If you have any questions, visit the Commute Ontario Program website.
Below is a press release generously provided by SustainMobility regarding their Commute Ontario Program.
“We are thrilled to announce that Shelburne, Orangeville, Dufferin County and Grey Highlands have all recently signed on with the Commute Ontario program, helping to lead the way in a program that is on its way to having province-wide exposure.
Communities Unite to Encourage a Healthier Population and Reduce Vehicle Emissions by Signing-on with Commute Ontario
Shelburne, Orangeville, Dufferin County and Grey Highlands – Physical inactivity and greenhouse gas emissions are significant concerns being addressed by municipalities across the province. Neighbouring communities, Shelburne, Orangeville, Dufferin County and Grey Highlands have shown their commitment to reducing the negative impacts of both by signing-on with Commute Ontario. Commute Ontario is designed to encourage commuters to adopt healthy and sustainable transportation options such as walking, cycling, carpooling and taking transit. Commute Ontario is free-of-charge to municipalities, workplaces and campuses across the province thanks to a generous three-year Grow Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation of $710, 000 awarded in 2018 to SustainMobility – the non-profit behind the program.
“The Municipality of Grey Highlands is delighted to become a partner of Commute Ontario. Active living and transportation have been identified as priorities in our rural municipality and the Commute Ontario program will support not only the municipality but also our employers across the region in managing and growing an interconnected community network of transportation support services.” – Michele Harris, Director of Economic & Community Development.
Carpool Ontario – a program offered through Commute Ontario – helps to foster connectivity through its state-of-the-art, online ride-matching tool that allows users to easily search for carpool partners. Workplaces and campuses located within Dufferin County, Orangeville, Shelburne and Grey Highlands have the opportunity for great carpooling success because of proximity of more potential carpool partners – who through the Carpool Ontario tool can now find one another.
“We are excited to be joining Commute Ontario, having these resources available to our community and workplaces free-of-charge is a tremendous opportunity. Commute Ontario is a credible option to help support the residents within Shelburne, by providing a mechanism for residence to take advantage of ride sharing. We feel that Commute Ontario’s tools will help create a network of ride sharing minded residents between Shelburne, Orangeville, Dufferin County, Grey Highlands and other participating communities. – Carol Maitland, EDC / Marketing Coordinator the Town of Shelburne.
Commute Ontario offers many benefits. Incorporating active transportation into residents’ daily lives is a great way to increase physical activity, which in turn reduces the risk of chronic diseases. Additionally, transportation is known to be a leading contributor of harmful greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) across the province. Commute Ontario has set a three-year goal of reducing 4-million Kg of GHGs as well as 20-million vehicle kilometres travelled province-wide with the help of Ontario’s municipalities, workplaces and campuses.
“We are excited about joining forces with Commute Ontario to do our part in working towards a healthier population and reduced vehicle emissions in Dufferin County.” – Karisa Downey, Economic Development Officer at Dufferin County.
Once signed up with Commute Ontario, organizations gain immediate access to a host of programs, campaigns, monthly prize draws, additional tools and marketing and communications collateral alongside Carpool Ontario – all promoting active and sustainable transportation options.
“We’re thrilled to be able to offer Commute Ontario’s proven programming to municipalities, workplaces and post-secondary institutions across the province thanks to the generosity of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. We felt it was important to offer a turn-key program that could be easily implemented in all regions of the province. Commute Ontario is delivered through an online information portal that can be customized with your organization’s logo.” – Glenn Gumulka, Executive Director, SustainMobility.
The Town of Orangeville showed great dedication in promoting Commute Ontario’s “Carpool Month” during February through its social media channels and on the Town’s Economic Development website.
“The registration process for organizations is simple and fully supported by the team at Commute Ontario. We look forward to seeing the uptake of these programs and incentives by employers and their employees within our community.” – Ruth Phillips, Manager, Economic Development, Town of Orangeville.
Additional municipalities onboard to-date with Commute Ontario include Peterborough, London, Thunder Bay, Barrie, Brantford and Perth County. Post-secondary institutions such as Trent University, Kings College, Georgian College Orillia, Midland and Owen Sound Campuses have also signed-up. Commute Ontario is thrilled to have local non-profits GreenUP and EcoSuperior partner with the program to help facilitate it within their communities.
Municipalities, workplaces and post secondary institutions across Ontario are encouraged to visit the Commute Ontario website to learn how they can get on board.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $120 million to some 700 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario. www.otf.ca.”
The above media release and graphics generously provided by Sustain Mobility.