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*NEW* Spark the discussion: Parent Guide to Talking About Workplace Safety!

Introducing - Spark the discussion: Parent Guide [PDF 406KB] to Talking About Workplace Safety - a new resource for parents to talk about workplace health and safety over the holiday season!

It’s Your Job 2016 Student Video Contest

The Ministry of Labour is accepting entries to the 2015-16 “It’s Your Job” video contest. All Ontario secondary school students are eligible. Get your creative students ready to develop an original video that can be used in social media to illustrate the importance of working safely on the job. This year there is also an optional theme for video ideas: Speak Up! Speak Out!
Students can create a video with:

Students and their schools can win cash prizes and provincial and national recognition. 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.

Contestants can submit videos until the contest closes on March 11, 2016, at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Saving Time.

Full details can be found at: Click here to view video contest poster.

See, share and show the videos to your students! Check out our 2015 winners for some inspiration.


Teachers and students appreciate a guest speaker who can reinforce key messages the teacher has already delivered to meet the health and safety requirements in the policy document. Some schools have established relationships with local experts to speak to their students. For those looking for community experts who can deliver a young worker safety awareness message for a school assembly or for the classroom, here are a few organizations to contact:

  1. Workplace Safety Prevention Services (WSPS) speakers - email or call toll free: 1-877-494-WSPS (9777)
  2. Threads of Life - Workplace Tragedy Family Support Association

Expanded Definition of Worker under the Occupational Health and Safety Act

Occupational Health and Safety Act coverage expanded to unpaid co-op students and learners in work placements, effective November 20, 2014. Learn more about the occupational health and safety act.

It’s Your Job 2015 Student Video Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s video contest!
Each winning entry and their school will receive a cash prize.

1st Place: $2000 for the students, $2000 for the school
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Secondary School, Mississauga, Ontario

2nd Place: $1500 for the students, $1500 for the school
Trenton High School, Trenton, Ontario

3rd Place: $1000 for the students, $1000 for the school
Iona Catholic Secondary School, Mississauga, Ontario

Full details can be found at:

New collection of resources for student safety education

Updated! A 12 page collection [PDF 1.18  MB] of teacher-friendly, classroom-ready interactive safety games, videos, posters and other safety awareness materials was assembled as an update to the Live Safe! Work Smart! resource for cooperative education, but is also well-suited to Career and Guidance, Technical education, and any teacher or subject area looking for fresh ideas to educate students about workplace health and safety and employment rights and responsibilities.

New Employment Standards Challenge

These three case studies will challenge your students to calculate overtime, termination and public holiday pay due to three factious workers using the Ministry of Labour's new on-line 'calculators'. Students enter the facts of the case study in the calculators to determine how much money is owed to the workers. There is a employment standards teacher guide [PDF 31  KB] with answers and a employment standards student handout [PDF 30  KB]. The activity should take 30 minutes to complete.

Coop resource

The Live Safe! Work Smart! Resources for Cooperative Education and Other Forms of Experiential Learning is available for download in PDF format. This resource is designed to address the emerging needs of teachers arising from the Ministry of Education's expansion of cooperative education. It replaces the coop appendix document published back in 2002. Read more about coop education resources.

Resources for elementary school teachers

The 200-page full-colour resource, which is in both print and CD formats, will provide lessons and activities that emphasize the fundamentals of health and safety for students at home, school, work, while volunteering, and at play. All activities are curriculum-based, most meeting multiple cross-curricular expectations. Read more about resources for elementary school teachers.

Seven basic safety lessons

cover of Special Needs ResourceIf you need to teach students about health and safety, and have students with special needs or students who respond best to visual lessons and simple concepts, you can use our Live Safe! Work Smart! Resources for Teachers of Students with Special Learning Needs.

This coil-bound resource book provides seven simple and straightforward health and safety lessons designed, in consultation with life skills teachers, for use in teaching students who may be deaf, blind, have a learning disability, or simply need a different approach to learning. Read more on seven basic safety lessons.

NOTE: The resources available on this website may be out-of-date or inapplicable with respect to the Ministry of Education’s current educational curriculum.  Therefore, they might not be sufficient or suitable for a teacher’s learning objectives regarding health and safety.  For current information on the Ministry’s curriculum, please click here.

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