MOL announces video contest to help raise young people’s awareness of workplace rights

Thursday, February 14, 2013

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, according to the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

That’s why the ministry has joined forces with the federal government to launch the first nation-wide video contest on workplace safety and fairness for young people.

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 opened for submissions on February 1, 2013.

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

The 18 to 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 the Safe At Work Ontario strategy which is committed to preventing workplace injuries.

QUICK FACTS

  • “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.
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