Rules and Regulations – All new this year

1. Challenge Scope: The Canadian Geographic Challenge, (“Can Geo Challenge”), is a national bilingual competition for Canadian students in grades 4-6 for Level 1, grades 7-10 for Level 2 and Level 3 for 16 to 19 year olds who have not yet started their post-secondary studies. It is open to all schools and home-schools in Canada.

a. A school is defined as any educational establishment registered in their provincial or territorial jurisdiction.

b. A home school is any organization that is registered as such on the Canadian Geographic Education Website (cangeoeducation.ca)

c. Students who wish to participate but are not able to do so through their school must submit a letter to [email protected] stating that their school is not participating. Permission to participate will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

2. Challenge Details: The Challenge has three levels; Level 1 is open to students in grades 4-6, Level 2 to students in grades 7-10 and Level 3 to students who are 16 to 19 years of age and have not started post-secondary studies. All three levels will be offered in both official languages: English and French.

a. Students who are in grades lower than those specified for Level 1 are eligible to participate at Level 2  (i.e. a student in grade 5 may participate in level 2 if they choose)
Students in grades higher than those specified may participate in lower levels but are not eligible for prizes, including attending the National Final.

b. There are no age limits within Levels 1 and 2 as long as students are registered in the grade levels outlined above.

c. There is an age limit of 16 to 19 years of age for Level 3 along with the requirement of not having started post-secondary studies.

d. It is open to all students in Canada who meet the age requirements by June 30, 2019 and reside within Canada.

e. Level 1 begins in the classroom (“Classroom Challenge”) and progresses to the school round (“School Championship”). Level 1 ends with the naming of a School Champion.

f. Level 2 begins in the classroom (“Classroom Challenge”), then progresses through to the school round (“School Championship”), then the provincial/territorial round (“Provincial/Territorial Challenge”), and finally the national round (“National Final”). Level 2 ends with the naming of a National Champion.

g. Level 3 is completed online in two phases and ends with the naming of the top four students as Team Canada.

3. Organization:

a. The Can Geo Challenge is run by Canadian Geographic (Can Geo) Education. Can Geo Education is the standing educational committee of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

4. Challenge Period:

a. The 2019 Can Geo Challenge Levels 1 and 2 open on October 1, 2018 and conclude with the National Final in Ottawa, ON, in the spring of 2019.

b. Schools participating in Level 2 must register, complete the Can Geo Challenge classroom and school level quizzes, and enter their School Champion’s name in the appropriate field on their account before 11:59:59pm ET on March 1, 2019.

In the event of a tie, school coordinators are to use the tiebreaker quizzes available in their account to break the tie and name their school winner before March 1, 2019. Only one winner per school may be submitted.
School winners that are not entered into the online system by this date may receive their prize but will not be eligible to participate in the Provincial/Territorial or National rounds of the competition.
School winners entered into the online system after April 30, 2019 will not be eligible to receive prizes.

c. Schools participating in Level 1 must register, complete the Can Geo Challenge and enter their School Champion’s name in the appropriate field on their account before 11:59:59pm ET on April 30, 2019.

In the event of a tie, school coordinators are to use the tiebreaker quizzes available in their account to break the tie before April 30, 2019.
School winners entered into the online system after April 30, 2019 will not be eligible to receive prizes.

d. Students participating in Level 3 must register and complete the written competition of phase 1 before 11: 11:59:59pm ET on February 28, 2019. The top 20 finalists will be emailed instructions for phase two on March 7, 2019 and must submit phase two online by 11:59:59pm ET on April 10, 2019.

5. Eligibility:

a. Compliance with Rules: All schools and participants in the Can Geo Challenge must adhere to these official rules (“Rules”). Can Geo Education reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any school or participant that does not comply with the Rules or with any subsequent instructions provided as part of the Can Geo Challenge.

b. A participant’s or school’s failure to adhere to any of the Rules, as determined by Can Geo Education in its sole discretion, will also render the school or participant ineligible to participate in any future Can Geo Challenge and ineligible for any Can Geo Challenge rewards, prizes or compensation of any kind.

c. Level 1

All registered Canadian schools are eligible to participate in the Can Geo Challenge. There is no limit to the number of classes and students that can participate in one school.
Home-schooled students are eligible to participate as long as they have registered as a home school with Can Geo Education.

d. Level 2

All registered Canadian schools are eligible to participate in the Can Geo Challenge. There is no limit to the number of classes and students that can participate in one school.
Home-schooled students are eligible to participate as long as they have registered as a home school with Can Geo Education.
Provincial/Territorial Challenge – each school that participates in the Level 2 competition may enter only one School Champion into its online account to participate in the provincial/territorial portion of the competition.

1. All School Champions in Level 2 are eligible to compete in the Provincial/Territorial Challenge as long as all required fields are completed online no later than March 1, 2019.

2. All teacher accounts with a school winner entered by the deadline will be contacted with instructions for the provincial/territorial round by March 2, 2019 .

National Final – The 13 provincial and territorial champions, who receive 50 per cent or higher on the provincial/territorial test, along with the 7 other highest scoring students on the provincial/territorial test, will be asked to participate in the National Final held in spring 2019.

1. Teachers and students who have advanced to the National Final will be notified by email by April 16, 2019.

2. If a student is unable to attend the National Final, or they are unable to confirm their participation by April 25, 2019, their spot will be offered to the next eligible participant.

3. If confirmation of participation is not received by deadlines specified in email communication, participants forfeit their spot. This is a non-negotiable decision.

4. The top three finishers in the National Final will be named: National Champion, first runner-up, and second runner-up. They will receive prizes from The Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

5. Students who have won first place in the National Final are not eligible to return to the National Final.

e. Level 3

All Canadian students ages 16 to 19, who meet the age requirements by June 30, 2019 and who reside in Canada are eligible to compete.

1. Participants who compete in Level 3 are not eligible to compete at other levels of the Challenge for prizes.

2. Participants who make the top 4 and are unavailable to attend the International GeoOlympiad in Hong Kong in summer 2019 must notify Can Geo Education at [email protected] before April 15, 2019.

6. How to Enter:

a. For Levels 1 and 2, one in-school coordinator must register a school online on the Can Geo Challenge website. In-school coordinators who have previously participated in the Can Geo Challenge can use their previous account information and update their account.

1. In-school coordinators sign into their account to access the questions.

b. For Level 3, the participant must register themselves on the Can Geo Challenge website.

7. Questions:

a. All questions are written by a committee comprised of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and geography teachers across Canada. They are then fact-checked and verified by staff members of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

b. Questions can be completed online or in written form for Levels 1 and 2 and exclusively online for Level 3.

c. Teachers who complete the quizzes in written form are responsible for marking their students’ tests and submitting their school winner’s information online.

d. Any concerns or inquiries about the questions and/or answers should be raised before you begin the Levels 1 and 2 of the Can Geo Challenge at your school by contacting [email protected].

e. Any concerns about the Provincial/Territorial Challenge questions should be raised immediately after completion of the provincial/territorial test.

f. For Level 3, any concerns or inquiries about the phase one questions and/or answers should be raised immediately after you have completed the set of questions. Any concerns received more than one day after completion will not be reviewed. Any concerns or inquiries about the phase two questions should be submitted by email to [email protected] no later than one week after participants receive instructions.

g. Judging decisions made by members of the organizing committee and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society are final.

8. Prizes:

a. All level 1 and level 2  winners of the School Championship (“School Champions”) will receive a certificate, a medal and a free one-year subscription to Canadian Geographic. In order to receive their prize all required information fields must be entered into the in-school coordinator’s online account no later than April 30, 2019.

b. National Final prizes are subject to change on a year-by-year basis. The Can Geo Challenge Committee reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any of the contest prizes.

c. The top five finalists for the 2019 Can Geo Challenge National Final will receive a berth on One Ocean Expeditions Fins and Fiddles trip July 10-20, 2019. If, for any reason, one of the national finalists cannot go, he or she must forfeit their prize without any additional compensation. More information will be provided to the top five national finalists. 

d. For Level 3, all participants will receive a free one-year subscription to Canadian Geographic magazine. The top twenty finalists who move on to phase two will receive a prize pack from Canadian Geographic. The top four students will be given the opportunity to represent Canada on the world stage at the 2019 International GeoOlympiad. This will include an all-expenses-paid trip to Hong Kong, where students will attend the competition. More information will be given to participants closer to the date.