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It’s Your Job… Prevention Starts Here video contest - submission deadline: March 11, 2016

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The It’s Your Job… Prevention Starts Here video contest challenges secondary school students to create a video, no more than two minutes long, about workplace safety. I am also pleased to announce that WSIB is partnering with us, once again, on the contest this year and will be matching the prize money. 

Contest entries will be accepted from September 28, 2015 to March 11, 2016, culminating with Fan Favourite on-line voting April 23 to April 29, 2016 where you get to help choose the winners. Contest information, including promotional posters, rules and entry forms are posted on the Ministry’s web site

This year there is an optional theme: Speak Up! Speak Out! Students can create a video showcasing: 

  • Advice on how to ask employers and co-workers questions about workplace safety without fear or embarrassment, 
  • A message to employers on how it is okay for youth to ask them questions about workplace safety, or 
  • Any other health and safety messages students wish to convey.  

One of the exciting elements of this contest is that it is a Canada-wide initiative as all provinces and territories are running a youth video contest simultaneously. This means our top Ontario winner will advance to a national competition to face secondary school winners from across the country and this year the first place national contest winner will get the chance to attend the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week Launch ceremony on May 2, 2016, in Ottawa, where their video will be announced and shown. 

As you know, making work safe for younger workers is one of my priorities as Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer. As we address youth-focused recommendations in the Dean Report, it’s critical to hear what our young people are saying and ensure that our prevention initiatives resonate with them. This video contest provides a unique opportunity for us to reach out secondary-school aged youth and for those students to develop creative and innovative youth-based messaging that we can use in other outreach initiatives. 

Last year, I was pleased to attend the schools of the first and second place finishers and award their prizes. It was inspiring not only to see their videos, but to meet such engaged youth who were passionate about creating videos that would motivate others. Please view and share those videos on our web site: Look for the 2015 winners. 

Again, I ask for your support to promote this contest across your extensive networks of professional and personal networks of stakeholders, organizations, parents and friends to encourage students to get involved. Below is a promotional poster you can use to showcase this initiative. 

Questions about the contest can be sent to

Yours truly
George Gritziotis
Chief Prevention Officer
Ministry of Labour.

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