Announcing The Play Exchange's Early Entry Prize Winners!

Announcing The Play Exchange's Early Entry Prize Winners!

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The Play Exchange is excited to announce the top three early entry winners! Since the challenge launched in February we have received numerous innovative and creative ideas to empower Canadians to make healthy choices and address major health concerns. These three submissions stood out from the bunch for their inspired and resourceful approaches.

Trottibus  (Montreal, Quebec)

The Quebec Division of the Canadian Cancer Society operates a fun, safe, supervised walking program for elementary students to travel to and from school. The Trottibus currently runs in 45 schools, reaching 15,000 students. The organization has a desire to expand its operations to reach 250 schools over the next three years.

COMPASS (Waterloo, Ontario)

COMPASS conducts multi-year research in 90 secondary schools across Canada to evaluate changes in students’ health behaviours and outcomes. As part of its efforts, COMPASS proposes a new project to provide seed funding and support to empower the 90 schools to develop and evaluate their own school-specific solutions to address youth obesity, inactivity, poor diet, and substance use.

Forest and the Femme (Vancouver, British Columbia)

This volunteer-driven non-profit organization offers an outdoor recreation program for marginalized women living with developmental disabilities and other barriers, including addiction, poverty and mental health issues. Since 2012, the program has offered 75 outdoor activities involving 20 participants and 32 volunteers, with a focus on enhancing its sustainability and expanding its offerings.


“I would like to congratulate the three early entry winners for their strong submissions. Entries of this calibre elevate the competition to a new level and serve to challenge all entrants to bring their best ideas and strategies to the table.  I look forward to hearing from more Canadians from coast to coast to coast on how we can make Canada healthier.”  

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health

 “The three early entry winners embody the spirit of The Play Exchange – innovation and ingenuity to help Canadians increase their activity levels and improve their health. We are pleased by the quality and variety of entries shared so far in the challenge, and we look forward to even more great ideas being submitted by Canadians over the next six weeks.”

Bruce Dewar, Chief Executive Officer, LIFT Philanthropy Partners


“The early entries to The Play Exchange show that being active is important to Canadians and their families. The team at Canadian Tire is looking forward to seeing the creative solutions submitted from coast-to-coast to help get this country moving.”

Allan MacDonald, Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Tire


Each of these projects will receive $1,000 to help put their ideas into action. Check back to hear how they use their investment to help get Canadians healthier!

The Play Exchange is funded, in part, by the Government of Canada and supported by Canadian Tire, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and LIFT Philanthropy Partners. Follow the #PlayExchange hashtag on Twitter to get the latest trends and updates about the competition.

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