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Video contest aims to raise awareness of workplace rights among young people

Ottawa - 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.


Ottawa – 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. The submission deadline is April 5, 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 video.

Find out more about the ‘It’s Your Job‘ video contest at http://www.youtube.com/yourjobvotretravail.

Learn how to protect young workers on the job and to ensure they are treated fairly at http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/atwork/youngworkers.php.