Quebec Youth Win First Place in National Video Contest

May 7, 2018 – Hamilton, ON – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

Today, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) announced the winners of the national Focus on Safety Youth Video Contest:

First place: “Au Revoir”
Cédrick Provost, Xavier Provost, Mollie Fillion

Second place: “Safety Rhymes”
Brennan Windsor
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School

Third place: “L’importance du verrouillage
Alexandre Paquette, Benjamin Babineau, Mathieu Allain
École L’Odyssée
New Brunswick

Fan Favourite: “Focus on Safety”
Hannah Mackenzie, Nathan Tremblay
Humboldt Collegiate Institute

The video contest challenged youth across the country to use their creativity to produce an original video that could be used in social media to illustrate to younger workers the importance of working safely on the job. Contestants and their affiliated organizations, institutions or schools, had a chance to win cash prizes, provincial/territorial and national recognition, and national entrants were also eligible to win the Fan Favourite award.

Nine entries were accepted for national consideration from provincial and territorial contests. The videos entered into the national contest were judged by: Steve Podborski, President and CEO of Parachute; Shirley Hickman, Executive Director of Threads for Life; Denis St. Jean, Director of Health and Safety at the Public Service Alliance of Canada; and Diandra Budd, CCOHS’ 2017 Dick Martin Scholarship Award recipient.

The winning video of the national contest was shown at the national launch of North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week in Victoria, British Columbia. In addition, the public were invited to vote online for their Fan Favourite among the entries. Voting took place via CCOHS’ Young Workers Zone website.

The winners and links to all of the winning videos are posted on the Young Workers Zone:


“This contest is unique because it gives youth across the country a chance to share their own unique perspectives of what workplace safety means to them. Congratulations to the winners, and all participants, on helping raise awareness of the importance of workplace safety.”

- Anne Tennier, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

Quick Facts

  • The entries for the national video contest are composed of the first place winners of the provincial and territorial contests which were held from September 2017 to April 2018.
  • Winners of the national judging category received $2,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place and $1,000 for third place, and each winning institution received a matching prize.
  • The winner of the Fan Favourite category received $1,000.
  • The online Fan Favourite voting contest was held from April 26 to May 3, 2018 via CCOHS’ Young Workers Zone.
  • The Canadian public was invited to vote for their favourite video from among the nine entries.
  • CCOHS sponsors the national contest and provides financial support to the provincial and territorial contests.

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