TravelWise

TravelWise is an internationally recognized workplace program available to employers across Waterloo Region. TravelWise aims to encourage employees to take transit, cycle, walk and carpool to work instead of driving alone. 

As a TravelWise member, your employees have access to carpool matching software, GRT's Corporate Transit Pass, and reimbursement for emergency rides home.

How to become a TravelWise member organization

Does your workplace have a parking issue? Are you looking for programs for your corporate sustainability initiative or climate strategy? TravelWise can help.

TravelWise membership is open to any workplace with sites in Waterloo Region. Membership is best suited for worksites with 25 or more employees.

TravelWise member organizations pay an annual membership service fee based on the size of their workplace. Member fees are set by the Region's Fees and Charges By-law. 

Membership Fees

In exchange for your membership fee, your employees will have access to all services and TravelWise administrators will help you to find solutions to reduce the number of employees driving alone to work.

TravelWise Corporate membership fees are based on the number of Full Time Equivalent staff, reported annually.

  • 1-100 Employees: $650
  • 101-250 Employees: $1,250
  • 251-500 Employees: $1,750
  • 501-1000 Employees: $2,750
  • 1001-3000 Employees: $4,500
  • 3001-6250 Employees: $6,250
  • 6251+ Employees: $1/Employee, to a maximum of $10,000

Not-for-profits may be eligible for a 20% discount on membership fees. Developers/property managers may be eligible to offer TravelWise services to all employees of businesses at a particular site. 

Contact TravelWise@regionofwaterloo.ca or 519-575-4400 x7349 for more information and full program terms and conditions.

We are happy to meet with you to discuss membership options and how promotion of sustainable commuting can align with your organization's corporate culture and goals. 

Free TravelWise membership for new Cambridge workplaces until the end of 2023

Region of Waterloo is currently offering free two-year TravelWise Memberships to workplaces located in Cambridge! 

This opportunity is funded through the Region's Transit Supportive Strategy for the City of Cambridge, and expires at the end of 2023. New workplaces that join TravelWise in the final year of this promotion (2023) will only be eligible for free membership for 2023. 

Contact TravelWise@regionofwaterloo.ca or 519-575-4400 x7349 for more information. 

Why is commuting important? 

Workforce demands are changing. The way we get to work is being redefined and employees are increasingly interested in having commuting options. Organizations that stay ahead of the curve and provide commuting programs and solutions benefit through:

  • Reduced parking demand and costs
  • Increased employee satisfaction and retention
  • Increased access to top employees
  • Positive corporate exposure and leadership

TravelWise services for your employees

 

Corporate Transit Pass

Employees of TravelWise Member Organizations can purchase Grand River Transit (GRT) passes at the reduced Corporate Pass rate and save 15%!

To view current prices and to purchase, visit GRT's Corporate Pass page. 

Carpool matching and trip logging software 

GoTravelWise.ca is an online carpool matching platform where employees can find and organize carpools. TravelWise members will have their own private network for workplace-specific initiatives.

Employees can also log commuting trips to see the impact and cost savings of their sustainable commute - a useful tool if your workplace has a carbon reduction target.

To try searching for carpool matches and logging trips, visit GoTravelWise.ca and make an account.

 

Emergency ride home reimbursement 

Employees who bus, carpool, walk, or bike to work have access to an Emergency Ride Home Reimbursement program.

TravelWise will repay travel costs if an employee needs to leave work for an emergency or other unplanned event (e.g., employee who biked to work takes a taxi to pick up their sick child from school and takes them home).

To see the program's terms and conditions or submit a claim, review the Emergency Ride Home form.

TravelWise services for your organization 

Promotions

TravelWise hosts member-wide promotional events to promote its services and help make sustainable commuting part of your workplace culture. These events often include prize draws and focus on encouraging your employees to try new ways of getting to work (for example, Carpool Month, Bike Month, Transit Showcase, etc.).

Employee travel behaviour surveys

To help find commuting solutions that will work for your workplace, TravelWise carries out annual (or bi-annual) employee travel-behaviour surveys. These surveys provide you with a better understanding of how your employees get to work and what would motivate them to adopt new behaviours.

TravelWise develops and promotes the survey for your workplace, and will provide you with a report and recommendations.

Based on the results of your employee travel behaviour survey, TravelWise will help your organization identify goals and opportunities for developing or refining commuter programs and policies.

 

Help promote TravelWise 

Are you interested in TravelWise's services? Does your employer know about TravelWise or the services we provide?

  • Contact TravelWise to request information and resources you can share over coffee or at a team meeting.

Do you work closely with the business community?

  • Share this webpage! TravelWise is always looking for new Member Organizations. Whether it is a small business, big company or a non-profit, TravelWise offers services to support sustainable commuting.

Curious what TravelWise has planned?

Current TravelWise Members

For more information about membership, contact TravelWise@regionofwaterloo.ca

  1. Allianz Global Assistance
  2. ApplyBoard Inc (Easy Education)
  3. Arctic Wolf Networks
  4. BA Group
  5. Blackberry Ltd.
  6. Bock North America
  7. Cambridge Idea Exchange (Public Libraries)
  8. Cambridge Memorial Hospital
  9. Carters Distribution Centre
  10. Christian Horizons
  11. City of Cambridge employees
  12. City of Kitchener employees
  13. City of Waterloo employees
  14. Communitech employees
  15. Conestoga College employees
  16. Crawford and Company
  17. Egar Tool and Die
  18. Equitable Life Insurance Company of Canada
  19. Google
  20. Gowling WLG Canada LLP
  21. Grand River Hospital (Corporate Pass program participant)
  22. Kindred Credit Union
  23. Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre
  24. Kitchener Public Library
  25. Lutherwood
  26. Manulife
  27. Maplesoft
  28. Miovision
  29. OpenText
  30. Oracle
  31. Paradigm Transportation Solutions
  32. Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
  33. Region of Waterloo employees
  34. Rolmaster Conveyors
  35. Septodont
  36. St. Mary's Hospital (Corporate Pass program participant)
  37. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada
  38. Sustainable Waterloo Region
  39. Tigercat Industries (MacDonald Steel)
  40. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
  41. University of Waterloo employees
  42. Walterfedy
  43. Wilfrid Laurier University employees
  44. WSP (MMM Group Ltd.)

 

Interested

Contact TravelWise today!

travelwise@regionofwaterloo.ca | 519-575-4400 x7349

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