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Partnership with Commute Ontario aims to alleviate commuting challenges

The Town of Orangeville has partnered with Commute Ontario to promote healthy, sustainable and fun commuting options. The provincially-funded initiative offers free programs to encourage employees and students to choose active and sustainable modes of travel.

Sustainable commuting is an impactful way for individuals to reduce their environmental footprint and save money.  Organizations can also benefit from supporting a workplace commuter program.  By encouraging their employees to be more active, healthy, and engaged, employers may experience increased productivity and reduced absenteeism.  Improving travel options to a workplace may also help to recruit and retain top candidates.  “Many Orangeville-based businesses are looking to grow their workforce, but are unable to find employees locally,” says Ruth Phillips, Manager of Economic Development and Culture at the Town of Orangeville.  “Participating in the Commute Ontario program may help our businesses attract a wider range of candidates.”

When organizations register with Commute Ontario, they receive free access to user-friendly programs including:

  • Carpool Ontario, a carpool ride-matching tool
  • Active Switch, an online program that tracks active commuting
  • Emergency Ride Home, a commuter insurance program that reimburses users for unplanned and emergency transportation costs

Through a customized online platform, registered organizations can easily provide access to each of these programs to all employees. Campaigns, incentives and communication tools are also available to help businesses educate their employees about Commute Ontario’s programs.  The registration process for organizations is simple and fully supported by the team at Commute Ontario.

“Commute Ontario is really taking off on a province-wide scale,” said Glenn Gumulka, Executive Director of SustainMobility. “We hear feedback that people are interested in carpooling but need the right tools and resources to find a suitable carpool partner, or they think about trying walking or cycling to work but need a little extra motivation. Commute Ontario provides proven tools and resources to help meet these needs. We’re thrilled to have the Town of Orangeville onboard.”

To learn more about Commute Ontario’s programs and how to register your organization, visit orangevillebusiness.ca or contact edo@orangeville.ca.

By: Katrina Lemire

April 26th, 2019

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