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It’s Your Job: Prevention Starts Here video contest

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It’s Your Job challenges Ontario’s secondary school students to produce an original video that can be used in social media to illustrate the importance of working safely on the job. The contest provides a unique opportunity for Prevention Partners to reach secondary school students, and a creative platform for youth to voice what they believe are the important workplace health and safety issues facing them and their peers.

This contest has been successful in engaging students all across the province. Every year, we continue to be impressed by the outstanding videos that students have created. Last year alone, we received 145 entries from across the province – nearly double the number of entries received in 2014-15 – and we are eager to continue this momentum into the 2017-18 contest. If you haven’t seen last year’s winning videos, I encourage you to visit the ministry’s website to watch them and then link to them.

This year’s video contest will run from November 17, 2017 to March 2, 2018, with plans to notify the winners in April 2018. The first place video will also go on to compete in the national It’s Your Job video contest organized by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. 

As with previous years, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board is generously matching the Ministry of Labour’s cash prize contributions to award the first, second and third place teams and their schools with cash prizes.

There is an optional theme for the 2017-18 contest: Impairment at work is everyone’s business. Students can create a video showcasing: 

  • How they would communicate with their peers about raising awareness of potential sources of workplace impairment (e.g. fatigue, lack of sleep, long hours, medications, alcohol, and drugs).

As with previous years, students also can create videos on:

  • A message to their peers that raises awareness about workplace safety, or 
  • Any other health and safety messages students wish to convey. 

For your reference, contest information including rules, entry forms and past winners are posted on the Ministry’s website at Ontario.ca/videocontest

Questions about the contest can be directed to videocontest@ontario.ca

Thank you in advance and I look forward to seeing this year’s entries. 


Marcelle Crouse
Acting Associate Deputy Minister / Chief Prevention Officer

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