Update on the Canadian Geographic Challenge in response to school closures

March 26, 2020

Dear teachers, parents, guardians, and students,

We hope you and your loved ones are all well and safe. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to adapt the Canadian Geographic Challenge in response to the rapidly changing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. It’s time for another update in light of the recent news that school closures will likely continue into May or June:

Level 1 (grades 4-6):

  • This level of the Challenge will continue according to the original schedule. The deadline to identify all Level 1 school winners in order to receive their prize is April 30, 2020.
  • If you have the means of coordinating Level 1 classroom and Level 1 school quizzes with colleagues and students participating in the Challenge, please do so using the online quiz URLs. Please encourage students to complete their quizzes under the supervision of a parent or guardian (or teacher via video chat!) and to maintain honest examination practices.
  • If you wish to register new students at this level and administer the quizzes to them at home, you are welcome to do so. Our staff can also provide URLs where necessary.
  • Prizes for all school winners (a certificate, a medal and a subscription to Canadian Geographic) will be mailed at an appropriate time to school or home addresses.

Level 2 Provincial/Territorial (grades 7-10):

  • This level will continue according to a revised schedule. The deadline for all Level 2 school winners to complete their provincial or territorial quiz in order to be considered for the National Final is April 17, 2020.
  • If you have the means of sharing a quiz URL with your Level 2 school winner, please do so. Encourage your student to complete their quiz under the supervision of a parent or guardian (or teacher via video chat!) and to maintain honest examination practices.
  • If you are a student who has been identified as a Level 2 school winner and you are not in communication with your teacher but still want to write your provincial or territorial quiz, please contact Michelle Chaput for instructions at [email protected].
  • Prizes for all school winners (a certificate, a medal and a subscription to Canadian Geographic) will be mailed at an appropriate time to school or home addresses.
  • Prizes for provincial and territorial champions (an assorted prize pack) will be mailed at an appropriate time to school or home addresses.
  • Provincial and territorial winners will be contacted between April 22-24 to participate in a tie-breaker if necessary, and on April 29 if they are a national finalist.

Level 2 National Final (grades 7-10):

  • For health and safety reasons, we will not be hosting a live National Final in Ottawa, Ont.
  • The top 20 finalists from the Provincial/Territorial round will be invited to participate in an online National Final that will be modified for easy completion from home.
  • The National Final will take place in May (date to be determined) and will include modified versions of the fieldwork round, the written tests, and the final competition between the top 5 students.
  • Further instructions will be provided closer to the National Final.
  • Prizes for the national champion and the four runner-ups will be mailed at an appropriate time to school or home addresses.

Level 3 (ages 16-19):

  • This level of the Challenge will continue according to a revised schedule and format. The deadline to submit all Phase 2 fieldwork packages is April 24, 2020.
  • Students who have been sent a fieldwork package will receive revised instructions shortly that will make the fieldwork round easier to complete given the present circumstances. Students who have already submitted will have the opportunity to modify their work.
  • However, for health and safety reasons, we will be cancelling Phase 3 of this level and will not be sending a team to the International Geography Olympiad in Turkey.
  • Students who choose to continue to participate in the Phase 2 fieldwork round are asked to submit their results to Michelle Chaput at [email protected].
  • The top 4 students will be contacted on May 11, 2020 and announced on May 15, 2020.
  • The top 4 students as identified by the panel of judges will receive a prize pack that will be mailed at an appropriate time to school or home addresses.

Should you have any questions about the modifications to the Can Geo Challenge or the administration of quizzes, please contact Michelle Chaput at [email protected]. Please allow 2-3 business days for a response.

We hope that the continuation of the Can Geo Challenge in its modified format responds to the interests and needs of everyone involved and provides a bit of fun in unsettling times.

Thank you for your understanding, and best of luck!

The Can Geo Education Team

Congratulations to our 2019 National Finalists!

First Place: David Landry, Ottawa, Ontario

Second Place: Ryan Sharpe, Oakville, Ontario

Third Place: Micah Colman, Ottawa, Ontario

Fourth place: Xavier Spano and Timothy Tao 

Congratulations to Team Canada in Hong Kong at iGeo 2019!

Gold medalist: Ben Woodward, London, Ontario

Silver medalist: Andrew Ding, Mississauga, Ontario

Gold medal for Team Canada poster. 

Congratulations to Team Canada, Ben, Andrew, Jake Douglas of Peterborough, Ontario and Jerry Sun of Burnaby, British Columbia!

Why participate in the Challenge?

Why should you participate this year? Listen to Alex Trebek and others describe the importance of the competition below.