Transportation

Public Transit Resources

OC Transpo Route Planner – An online route planning tool to help plan your trip with OC Transpo transit. 

STO Route Planner – An online route planning tool to help plan your trip with STO transit. 

Rideshare

Ottawa Ridematch – A platform that matches commuters looking for carpooling opportunities. Dedicated workplace URLs are also available.

Communauto – Discover Ottawa’s car sharing platform. A convenient way to only use a car when you really need it. 

Active Transportation

Cycling in Ottawa – Resources provided by the City of Ottawa including routes, maps, and information about infrastructure. 

Bike to Transit – Learn about the opportunities available in Ottawa to cycle to transit including the Rack and Roll service and the O-Train. 

Bike to Work Ottawa – An annual campaign that encourages people to try cycling as a fun, healthy and low-carbon transportation option with events, prizes, and free tools and resources.

Winter Cycling Resources – Learn the top tips and tricks to extend your cycling season through the winter. 

E-Bikes – According to many, e-bikes are the future of transportation. 

E-Scooters: The City of Ottawa is currently running an e-scooter pilot project. E-scooters support low-carbon micro-mobility.

Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicle Council of Ottawa (EVCO) – A non-profit group dedicated to promoting the use of electric vehicles as a viable transportation alternative. They provide ideas, technical expertise, and direction as well as professional services. 

Plug’n Drive – A non-profit organization based in Toronto committed to accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles in order to maximize their environmental and economic benefits. 

Charge Hub – An interactive online map showing the availability of electric vehicle charging stations in real-time. 

Incentives for electric vehicles – Learn about the incentives available nationally and provincially in Canada for the purchase of new and used EVs. 

Advantages of electric vehicles – Find answers to your questions about EVs and learn about the advantages they offer people and the environment. 

Incentives for electric vehicle chargers – Learn about the incentives offered by Hydro Ottawa for installing electric vehicle charging stations. 

Company Travel

Offsets – Learn how offsets can offer opportunities for businesses to purchase investments in carbon capturing ventures as a way to offset carbon emissions caused by company travel and other activities. 

Service Providers & Resources

TravelWise – This City of Ottawa program, delivered by EnviroCentre, is geared at workplaces that want to improve their employee commuting options. TravelWise provides workplaces with policies and programs that make it easier and more inviting for their employees to take transit, bike, walk and carpool to work. 

Commuting cost calculator – A tool to calculate your estimated commuting cost and annual greenhouse emissions.


Idling by-laws – Did you know it is prohibited to idle your vehicle for more than three minutes in a given 60-minute period when the temperature is between 5°C and 27°C?

Weekly Tips

Maximize Natural Lighting

Did you know that taking advantage of natural light can lead to significant health and wellness benefits while lowering your energy consumption?

Be strategic in how you set up your home office, desk, or workspace to maximize natural light coming in. Placing your desk near a window or installing a well placed mirror can amplify natural light.

You can adjust your workspace or even your working hours seasonally to maximize the benefits and minimize your carbon footprint!

Learn more here!

Buy in Bulk

Buying in bulk is a great way to cut carbon by reducing packaging (embodied carbon and waste) and reducing shipping emissions. Plus, one trip is better than ten. 

Bonus: it will likely reduce waste as staff and management begin to keep a close eye on purchasing cycles.

Learn more here!

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