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It’s Your Job 2015 Student Video Contest

The Ministry of Labour is accepting entries to the 2014/15 “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. Students and their schools can win cash prizes and provincial and national recognition! The deadline to submit videos is March 27, 2015.

The prizes in this year’s “It’s Your Job” video contest have been doubled! First place videos will now earn $2,000 for the student team and another $2,000 for their school. Second and third place videos will earn $1,500 and $1,000, respectively, for both the student team and their school. As in past years, winning videos from Ontario will go on to compete for national prizes.

Full Contest details, rules and entry form can be found at: ontario.ca/videocontest.


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. Young Worker Awareness Program:
    Workplace Safety Prevention Services (WSPS) speakers - email ywapregistration@wsps.ca or call toll free: 1-877-494-WSPS (9777)
    Workers’ Health and Safety Centre speakers: email - ywap@whsc.on.ca
  2. Threads of Life - Workplace Tragedy Family Support Association

It’s Your Job 2014 Secondary School Video Contest WINNERS

View them, show them in your school or workplace. Once again, Ontario students have produced videos with powerful and poignant messages about workplace safety. Congratulations to our talented students.

Watch the videos.

FIRST PLACE: (TIE) $1000 for each team and $1000 for their schools

Pranay Noel and Martin Czachor, Grade 11 students
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Secondary School
Mississauga, Ontario

Scott Weeks and Clark DeCaluwe, Grade 12 students
H B Beal Secondary School
London, Ontario

SECOND PLACE: $750 for the team, $750 for the school

Ben Croskery, Grade 12 student
John McCrae Secondary School
Ottawa, Ontario

THIRD PLACE: $500 for the team, $500 for the school

Alex MacDonald, Madison Kvaltin and Holly Gran, Grade 10 students
Lockerby Composite School
Sudbury Ontario

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 teacher guide [PDF 31  kb] with answers and a 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 [3.6 mb]. 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...

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...

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...

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