Live Safe! Work Smart!

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Tell us what you think about the Live Safe! Work Smart! program

The Ministry of Labour would like to better understand the outcomes of the Live Safe! Work Smart! program. We’d like to hear your feedback and ideas through a quick 7 minute survey.
Be assured that all answers you provide are anonymous and will be kept in the strictest confidence.

The deadine to complete the survey is January 11, 2019.

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Passionate about workplace safety? Enter the It’s Your Job student video contest!

The Ministry of Labour is accepting entries for the 2018-19 It’s Your Job video contest. All Ontario secondary school students are eligible to participate. Get your students ready to develop an original video that can be used on social media to illustrate the importance of working safely on the job.

The optional theme for this year is “the business case for health and safety.”  Encourage your students to show how workplace health and safety can improve the bottom-line for businesses and make it easier for businesses to grow and prosper.
Students and their schools can win cash prizes, as well as provincial and national recognition. The first place video in the national contest will premier at the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week launch ceremony on May 6, 2019.

The deadline to submit videos is March 4, 2019. Visit the contest page to learn more about the contest and prizes. See, share and show the top 2017-18 videos to your students! Check out our winners for some inspiration.

Live Safe! Work Smart! Resources now available on Publications Ontario

The Ministry of Labour has made it easier and faster to access the Live Safe! Work Smart! resources. For your convenience, Live Safe! Work Smart! resources are now available free of charge through Publications Ontario.

Please visit to create an account and order your resources online. Search “Live Safe! Work Smart!” to select the resources you need. These will be shipped directly to the address you provide. 

While you are there, you may wish to explore the many other resources available from Publications Ontario.


Teachers and students appreciate a guest speaker who can reinforce key messages the teacher has already delivered to meet the health and safety requirements in the policy document. Some schools have established relationships with local experts to speak to their students. For those looking for community experts who can deliver a young worker safety awareness message for a school assembly or for the classroom, here are a few organizations to contact:

  1. Workplace Safety Prevention Services (WSPS) speakers - email or call toll free: 1-877-494-WSPS (9777)
  2. Threads of Life - Workplace Tragedy Family Support Association

Expanded Definition of Worker under the Occupational Health and Safety Act

Occupational Health and Safety Act coverage expanded to unpaid co-op students and learners in work placements, effective November 20, 2014. Learn more about the occupational health and safety act.

New collection of resources for student safety education

Updated! A 12 page collection [PDF 1.18  MB] of teacher-friendly, classroom-ready interactive safety games, videos, posters and other safety awareness materials was assembled as an update to the Live Safe! Work Smart! resource for cooperative education, but is also well-suited to Career and Guidance, Technical education, and any teacher or subject area looking for fresh ideas to educate students about workplace health and safety and employment rights and responsibilities.

New Employment Standards Challenge

These three case studies will challenge your students to calculate overtime, termination and public holiday pay due to three factious workers using the Ministry of Labour's new on-line 'calculators'. Students enter the facts of the case study in the calculators to determine how much money is owed to the workers. There is a employment standards teacher guide [PDF 31  KB] with answers and a employment standards student handout [PDF 30  KB]. The activity should take 30 minutes to complete.

Coop resource

The Live Safe! Work Smart! Resources for Cooperative Education and Other Forms of Experiential Learning is available for download in PDF format. This resource is designed to address the emerging needs of teachers arising from the Ministry of Education's expansion of cooperative education. It replaces the coop appendix document published back in 2002. Read more about coop education resources.

Resources for elementary school teachers

The 200-page full-colour resource, which is in both print and CD formats, will provide lessons and activities that emphasize the fundamentals of health and safety for students at home, school, work, while volunteering, and at play. All activities are curriculum-based, most meeting multiple cross-curricular expectations. Read more about resources for elementary school teachers.

Seven basic safety lessons

cover of Special Needs ResourceIf you need to teach students about health and safety, and have students with special needs or students who respond best to visual lessons and simple concepts, you can use our Live Safe! Work Smart! Resources for Teachers of Students with Special Learning Needs.

This coil-bound resource book provides seven simple and straightforward health and safety lessons designed, in consultation with life skills teachers, for use in teaching students who may be deaf, blind, have a learning disability, or simply need a different approach to learning. Read more on seven basic safety lessons.

NOTE: The resources available on this website may be out-of-date or not aligned with respect to the Ministry of Education's curriculum policy documents. Therefore, it might not be sufficient or suitable to be used for teaching and learning regarding health and safety. For current information on the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Education's website.

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