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2019 WorkSafeBC student safety video contest - NOTE: the contest is closed.

Submit your original production for a chance to win cash!

Theme: You’re the employer: How do you keep your young workers safe?

It’s your day to be in charge! Put yourself in the shoes of the big cheese, the head honcho, the top brass. How would you make sure your young workers stay safe and healthy and are protected from injury and disease? Think about what your responsibilities are as an employer, what your workers are entitled to, and the kind of environment you want to create for young people who are just entering the workforce. Got a clever approach? Even better!

The theme of this year’s contest — “You’re the employer: How do you keep your young workers safe?” — challenges students to create a video (maximum two minutes) that explores the topic of employers’ health and safety responsibilities when hiring and employing workers under the age of 25. Think about what young workers need from their employers and the circumstances that may be unique when hiring and employing people who have little to no experience on the job.

Video considerations

Consider your role as an employer in creating a safe and healthy workplace, the kinds of things you can put in place to create a positive workplace culture, and how you can be a good role model for young workers.

When making your video, think of a creative way to get your message across. All styles of video are fair game: drama, comedy, documentary, music video, stop-motion, claymation, animation — the choice is yours! (Note: only videos featuring live-action production will be considered for the bonus prize of the Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award. For more details on this prize, see “Bonus prize” below, or visit

Need inspiration?

Check out the winning videos from 2006 to 2018. Learn more about your rights and responsibilities at work on the What I Know Now website. For more information, check out resources for employers of young workers, including the publication, Support for Employers: Training and Orientation for Young and New Workers.

Eligibility and prizes

The contest is open to B.C. students in grades 8 to 12 who have a teacher or youth organization sponsor. There’s one category for students in grades 8 to 10 and one for students in grades 11 and 12.

There’s more than $10,000 in prize money to be awarded to students and their schools or youth organizations. Entries will be judged on the impact of their safety message, original creative concept, and technical execution. The top entry will also advance to the national Focus on Safety Youth Video Contest to compete for additional prizes.

How to submit your video

Post your video on YouTube and have your teacher or youth organization sponsor fill out the entry form and include the link to your video. We’ll review your YouTube video and if it meets our criteria (no inappropriate language or images and no copyrighted music, please), we’ll post your entry on our website. After submitting your YouTube link, you can also post your video on Instagram. Don’t forget to follow @WorkSafeBC and use the hashtag #SVCWorkSafeBC.

For more details, see the contest rules and the entry form.

Don't want to make a video but still want to participate?

You can participate by viewing and rating your favourite videos. Check regularly to see new videos as they are posted — and remember to get your family and friends to rate their favourites too!


Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 22, 2019 at 5 p.m. But remember, the sooner your video is posted, the more time people will have to view and rate it.

2019 contest sponsors

Actsafe website London Drugs website Seaspan website WorkSafeBC website

Bonus prize

One lucky creative team will win the Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award, which includes lunch with a prominent Canadian filmmaker, a behind-the-scenes tour of a current production, screening of your film at a Directors Guild of Canada event, and more! For more details, visit (Note: only videos featuring live-action production will be considered for the Actsafe award.)