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Helping Raise Awareness of Workplace Rights Among Young People

  • Issued: January 28, 2013
  • Content last reviewed: January 2013
  • See also: Young Workers

Each year, more than 6,200 young workers across Ontario are injured seriously enough to need time off work. That’s 17 young workers every single day.

That’s why Ontario is joining the federal government, and all the provinces and territories, to launch the first national video contest for young people on workplace safety and fairness.

The “It’s Your Job” contest invites contestants to submit a video of up to two minutes on any topic related to awareness about workplace health and safety, or employment standards. The contest opens for submissions February 1, 2013.

With cash prizes of up to $3,000, the contest challenges secondary school students and those between ages 18-24 who are out of secondary school to speak out and raise awareness about workplace rights and responsibilities.

The 18-24 category is open to Canadians in all provinces and territories, and will be held nationally. Secondary school students will compete within their own province or territory. Winning videos from the secondary school contests will then compete against others across Canada. A panel of celebrity judges will select the top winners.

The top videos from all provinces and territories will be viewed by Canadians online in May 2013, when everyone will have an opportunity to vote for their favourite.

Protecting workers on the job is part of Ontario’s continued commitment to preventing workplace injuries through its Safe At Work Ontario strategy, while creating jobs.


  • The “It’s Your Job” video contest opens for submissions on February 1, 2013. The submission deadline is April 5, 2013.
  • Each year, more than 6,200 young workers across Ontario are injured seriously enough to need time off work; that’s at least 17 Ontario youth a day who are injured.
  • Workers new to their job, including young workers, are four times more likely to be injured during the first month on the job than more experienced workers.
  • Every year, the Ontario Ministry of Labour launches a workplace inspection blitz focusing on new and young workers.
  • The number of lost-time injuries for young workers (those under 25) in Ontario has dropped significantly over the years, from 13,254 in 2004 to 6,205 in 2011 at provincially regulated workplaces.
  • Since 2004, the Ontario Ministry of Labour has recovered more than $98 million in wages and other monies owed to vulnerable employees through inspections, claims and collections.


Find out more about the “It’s Your Job” video contest.

Learn how to protect young workers on the job and to ensure they are treated fairly.

Bill Killorn, Minister’s Office, 416-326-7708

Matt Blajer, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405
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