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 4-10. It is open to all schools and home-schools in Canada.
    1. A school is defined as any educational establishment registered in their provincial or territorial jurisdiction.
    2. A home school is any organization that is registered as such on the Canadian Geographic Education Website (cangeoeducation.ca)
    3. 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. There are two levels of the Challenge; Level 1 is open to students in grades 4-6 and Level 2 to students in grades 7-10.
    1. Students who are in grades lower than those specified are eligible to participate at higher levels (i.e. a student in grade 5 may participate in level 2 if they choose)
    2. Students in grades higher than those specified may participate but are not eligible for prizes, including attending the National Final.
    3. There are no age limits within the Challenge as long as students are registered in the grade levels outlined above.
    4. Level 1 begins in the classroom (“Classroom Challenge”) and progresses to the school level (“School Championship”). Level 1 ends with the naming of a School Champion.
    5. Level 2 begins in the classroom (“Classroom Challenge”) then progresses through to school (School Championship), province/territory (“Provincial/Territorial Challenge”) and then national (“National Challenge”).
  3. Organization:
    1. 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:
    1. The 2017 Can Geo Challenge opens on October 1, 2016 and concludes with the National Final in Ottawa, ON, in spring of 2017.
    2. Schools participating in Level 2 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 February 28, 2017.
      1. School winners that are not entered into the online system by this date will receive their prize but will not be eligible to participate in the Provincial/territorial or National levels of the competition.
      2. School winners entered into the online system after April 30, 2017 will not be eligible to receive prizes.
    3. 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, 2017.
      1. School winners entered into the online system after April 30, 2017 will not be eligible to receive prizes.
  5. Eligibility:
    1. Compliance with Rules: All schools and participants in the Can Geo Challenge must adhere to these official rules (“Rules”). The organizing committee reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any school that does not comply with the Rules or with any subsequent instructions provided as part of the Can Geo Challenge.
    2. A school’s failure to adhere to any of the Rules, as determined by the organizing committee in its sole discretion, will also render the school ineligible to participate in any future Can Geo Challenge and ineligible for any Can Geo Challenge rewards, prizes or compensation of any kind.
    3. Level 1
      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.
      2. Home-schooled students are eligible to participate as long as they have registered as a home school with Can Geo Education.
    4. Level 2
      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.
      2. Home-schooled students are eligible to participate as long as they have registered as a home school with Can Geo Education.
      3. Provincial/Territorial Challenge – each school that participates in the Level 2 competition may enter only one School Champion to its online account to participate in the provincial/territorial 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 February 28, 2017.
        2. All teacher accounts with a school winner entered by the deadline will be contacted with instructions for the provincial/territorial by February 26, 2017.
      4. National Final – The 13 provincial and territorial champions and the 7 other highest scoring students on the provincial/territorial final from across the country will be asked to participate in the National Final held in May 2017.
        1. Teachers and students who have advanced to the National Final will be notified by email by April 15th, 2017.
        2. If a student is unable to attend the National championship or they are unable to confirm their participation by April 25, 2017 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 the National Champion and first and second runners-up and receive prizes from The Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
        5. Students who have won the National Final are not eligible to return to the National Final.
  6. How to Enter:
    1. One in-school coordinator must register a school online on the Can Geo Challenge website.
    2. In-school Coordinators may then sign into their account and download the question packages.
  7. Questions:
    1. All questions are written by a committee comprised of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. They are then fact-checked and verified by staff members of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
    2. Questions can be completed online or in written form.
    3. Any concerns or inquiries about the questions and/or answers should be raised before you begin the Can Geo Challenge at your school by contacting [email protected].
    4. Any concerns about the Provincial/Territorial Challenge questions should be raised immediately after completion of the Can Geo Challenge in your school.
    5. Judging decisions made by members of the organizing committee and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society are final.
  8. Prizes:
    1. All winners of the School Championship (“School Champions”) will receive a certificate, a medal and a free one-year subscription to Canadian Geographic as long as their names are entered into the in-school coordinator’s online account no later than April 30, 2017.
    2. First, second and third place finishers at the National Final will be awarded prizes supplied by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
    3. The Can Geo Challenge Committee reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any of the contest prizes.