Focus on Safety Youth Video Contest


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.

Use your creativity to develop an original video that can be used in social media to illustrate the importance of working safely on the job.

How to enter

Visit the contest page for the province in which you reside and follow the instructions to enter your video. Note that each province has set its own deadline.

The 2018 contest is now closed. Check back for details on the 2019 contest.

Three opportunities to win

  • Provincial Podium

    See the provincial contest pages for full details about prizes awarded at the provincial level.
  • National Stage

    Win your provincial contest and you're onto the national stage! The first place video at the Canadian finals will be awarded $2,000, second place will receive $1,500 and third place will receive $1,000. Plus each winning school will receive a matching prize.
  • Meet the Judges

    • Steve Podborski

      President and CEO, Parachute
    • Shirley Hickman

      Executive Director, Threads of Life
    • Denis St Jean

      Director of Health and Safety, Public Service Alliance of Canada
    • Diandra Budd

      Research Coordinator, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Fan Favourite

    A selection of top videos from the provincial contests will be posted publicly. They will be nationally viewed and voted on by Canadian residents. The video that receives the most votes will receive an additional $1000 prize.

    Note there is no matching prize for the winner's school in the Fan Favourite contest.

Film Fest

Celebrate NAOSH Week at your organization by holding a Youth Video Contest Film Fest of the winning provincial and territorial entries from all over Canada.

Here's how to do it:

  • Display posters and send announcements inviting staff to drop in and watch all the top videos from the contest.
  • Turn a meeting room into a theatre by setting up a projector and screen.
  • Connect a laptop with speakers, and run the YouTube playlist of all the top videos.

Ideas and tips for a successful Film Fest

  • Hold your own "Fan Favourite" voting by providing ballots for staff to jot down their favourite video
  • Run the playlist continuously so staff can drop in throughout the day to watch the videos
  • Offer door prizes and a draw for those who complete a Fan Favourite ballot
  • Offer popcorn or other healthy snacks to munch on
  • Share your event photos on social media with the #focusonsafety and #NAOSHWeek hashtags

Download the poster

Deadline for Entry

Each province/territory has set its own deadline

Get inspired

2018 Canadian Winners

Congratulations to all our winners!

  • First Place

    Cédrick Provost, Xavier Provost and Mollie Fillion from Saint-Isidore-de-Laprairie, Québec, won for the video titled "Au revoir"
  • Second Place

    Brennan Windsor from Resurrection Catholic Secondary School n Kitchener, Ontario won for the video titled "Safety Rhymes"
  • Third Place

    Alexandre Paquette, Benjamin Babineau and Mathieu Allain from École L’Odyssée in Moncton, New Brunswick, won for the video titled "L'importance du verrouillage"