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Cross-Canada video contest focuses on workplace rights and responsibilities

Hamilton, ON – Do you have a passion for workplace health and safety or worker rights? Are you a young, creative type, just waiting for your big break? If so, the new, national social media video contest, "It's Your Job!" could be your...


Hamilton, ON – Do you have a passion for workplace health and safety or worker rights? Are you a young, creative type, just waiting for your big break? If so, the new, national social media video contest, “It’s Your Job!” could be your chance.

Work is an important part of life, but no job is worth getting hurt over. Workplace injuries happen in a heartbeat but the resulting injuries can have a lasting impact on your ability to do the things you like to do. Further, everyone who works has rights under employment standards to be treated fairly in their workplace. As a result, Canada’s ministers of labour have launched the video contest as part of their commitment to directly engage youth and raise awareness about their workplace safety and rights.

The contest challenges secondary school students and those who are not in secondary school (but are at least 18 years old and less than 25), living in Canada, to use their creativity to develop an original video that can be used in social media to illustrate to younger workers the importance of working safely on the job, or about their rights to being paid fairly for the work they do.

Winners will be chosen from every region of Canada. You could win cash prizes for you and your school, and maybe even become a YouTube sensation. The national entries will be judged by a panel of celebrities that includes Alan Doyle from Great Big Sea and Marc Kielburger of Free the Children. The winning Canadian entries will be entered in an international video contest.

A selection of top videos will be posted on the ‘You Tube – It’s Your Job’ video contest page from May 4 to May 12, 2013, where they will be viewed and voted on by the public. The videos that receive the most votes in each category will each receive an additional prize of $1,000.

You can submit your videos starting February 1, 2013, until the contest closes on April 5, 2013, at 11:59 p.m., local time.

For more information on the contest and prizes, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/labour/health_safety/contest/index.shtml