Live Safe! Work Smart!

eNewsletter for Ontario Teachers • May 2017

It’s Your Job Video Contest – and the winners are…

The 2016-17 student video contest was a great success, receiving more than 140 entries from across the province. That is nearly double the number received last year (75)!

This year’s theme, “Start the Conversation!”, provided students an opportunity to showcase how to communicate with their peers – at school, at work, or any other setting –  about the importance of working safely on the job. Students delivered videos that were original and creative, conveying impactful messages to raise awareness about workplace safety. Well done, students!  

The Ministry of Labour (MOL) would like to thank the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) for matching the contest prize money for the third year in a row.

Ontario Winners

1st Place ($2,000 for the team and $2,000 for the school):
Speak Out!!
By Laila Aggag and Nicole Nseir
École secondaire Gaétan-Gervais, Oakville

2nd Place ($1,500 the student and $1,500 for the school):
Silent about Safety
By Anthony Gertzos, Jacob Marshall, Nathan Fielder and Emily Dunseith
Pine Ridge Secondary School, Pickering

3rd Place ($1,000 for the student and $1,000 for the school):
Speak Up, Act Now, Stay Safe!
By Nicolas Pienczak
Iona Catholic Secondary School, Mississauga

Ontario’s first place video will also move on to the Canadian finals, where it will compete against winners from other provinces and territories for a chance to win an additional $2,000. Like the provincial contest, the winners’ school will also receive a matching prize.

And don’t forget that the national contest includes a “Fan Favourite” category with the winner awarded $1,000. Please vote for your Fan Favourite from April 28 – May 4, 2017 by visiting the Young Workers Zone.

MOL congratulates all of the students and their sponsors who participated in this year’s contest! Please watch and share the videos in your school or workplace by visiting the video contest home page.

Health and Safety in the Kindergarten to Grade 12 Ontario Curriculum

The Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Education have partnered to produce a resource guide that identifies learning expectations and opportunities on personal safety, safe behaviours and practices in the current K-12 English and French curricula. The resource guide is called Health and Safety in the Ontario Curriculum: Scope and Sequence of Expectations and shows that a strong foundation for health and safety learning, knowledge and skills exists in Ontario’s schools.

Please visit the Ministry of Education’s website to read the complete resource guides for Grades 1-8 and the Kindergarten Program, and Grades 9-12!

2015-16 Annual Report Available Now!

In 2015, of the young workers (aged 15 – 24) employed in Ontario, 26,432 were injured on the job and 5 never made it home.  

The Ministry of Labour has released the Occupational Health and Safety in Ontario: 2015-16 Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments of the occupational health and safety system in advancing the Healthy and Safe Ontario Workplaces integrated strategy. The Report contains a “Protect Young Worker” section, providing key information and describing activities that improve the health and safety of younger workers in Ontario.

  • A Ministry of Labour province-wide inspection blitz to 2,704 workplaces that focused on protecting young workers.
  • The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s #PracticeSafeWork photo contest.
  • 2015 data on young worker injuries, illnesses and fatalities.
  • The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board sponsored Skills Ontario Health and Safety Challenge.
  • The Ministry of Labour’s “It’s Your Job” student video contest.
  • The Live Safe! Work Smart! website and teacher resources.
  • Public Services Health and Safety Association’s Experiential Learning Health and Safety Placement Checklist.

Illegal Deductions from Wages Animated Video

In Ontario, employers cannot make deductions from an employee's wages except in specific circumstances. To help employees understand their pay and rights under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA), the Ministry of Labour has an animated video entitled Illegal Deductions from Wages. Watch the video to see what deductions are not allowed in situations like shoplifting, cash shortage, accidental damage, "dine and dash," and gasoline theft.

The only three types of deductions that can be made from an employee’s wages are statutory deductions, deductions authorized by a court order and deductions authorized by the employee in writing (subject to certain restrictions and conditions).

Illegal Deductions from Wages is available in English, French and eight (8) other languages on YouTube. The video is listed among other useful videos on the Ministry of Labour’s video gallery.