2020 Virtual Skills Ontario Contests

 

Competitor result placements are now available and have been emailed to all those who competed. If you are interested, please contact competitions@skillsontario.com.

Awards Ceremony/Scholarships

The Awards Ceremony was held at 6:30 pm on June 25th. View a recording of the Ceremony below!

 

The 2020 Virtual Skills Ontario Contests did not progress to another level of competition. Certificates were awarded to first, second, and third place for each virtual contest – there were no medals for the 2020 Virtual Skills Ontario Contests, as this was not a replacement for the Skills Ontario Competition. A full ranking of competition results will be posted on the Skills Ontario website within a week of the Awards Ceremony.

Skills Ontario also offered four Virtual Contest Scholarships for 2020. These were awarded to four secondary students who were approved registered competitors and participate in the 2020 Virtual Skills Ontario Contests.

 

About

Skills Ontario is happy to offer the 2020 Virtual Skills Ontario Contests (#VirtualSkillsOntarioContests2020)! These contests are a unique standalone competition, offering secondary students a chance to virtually participate in a similar manner of that of the Skills Ontario Competition.

The 2020 Virtual Skills Ontario Contests are not a replacement for the 2020 Skills Ontario Competition. Contests have been simplified and modified for a virtual at-home atmosphere. All 2020 Virtual Skills Ontario Contests will not progress to any other level of competition.

Information about Team Canada selection for WorldSkills2021 will be announced in the future by Skills/Compétences Canada.

Important Dates

Competitor Rules & Regulations

Competitor Eligibility

Contest Scopes

Safety

Registration

Awards Ceremony/Scholarships

FAQ

Project Submission

 

Important Dates

● May 15 - Announcement of 2020 Virtual Skills Ontario Contests – Stay Tuned!

● May 22 by 5pm EST - Contest Scopes Posted

● June 2 at 6pm EST - Registration Opens

● June 12 at 4pm EST - Registration Closes

● June 17-18 at various times - Contest Days/Submissions Due (see contest scope for details)

● June 25 at 6:30pm EST - Awards Ceremony (webinar)

 

Competitor Rules & Regulations

 Competitor Safety Checklist and appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment) must be completed and worn by each competitor to participate in the 2020 Virtual Skills Ontario Contests. The checklist must be submitted with contest project on the due date noted in the scope. Not completing or submitting the checklist will result in disqualification.

● If any clarification of instructions or contest rules is required during the contest, competitors should email competitions@skillsontario.com or the Tech Chair email if included in the contest scope

● We recognize that participants will be competing individually in their own unique environments and therefore not all competition conditions can be monitored. However, we expect all competitors to compete fairly, respecting and abiding by the established rules of Skills Ontario. See the Skills Ontario Code of Conduct here: skillsontario.com/code-of-conduct

● Any person in a contest (competitor, technical committee member, judge) who is found guilty of dishonest conduct should be aware that there is zero tolerance for cheating and plagiarism.  Any competitor found guilty of dishonest conduct will be immediately disqualified.

Competitor Eligibility

Competitors must meet the following criteria in the current school year and may be asked to provide proof of any points listed below:

● Each competitor may compete in only one virtual contest.

● Be 21 years of age or younger as of December 31st, 2020. Virtual contests are open to secondary students (grades 9-12).

● Be knowledgeable and aware of all components of their chosen virtual contest.

● Be registered as a competitor and have registered confirmation for participation from Skills Ontario.

● Must be a student in Ontario. The standard eligibility rule for the Skills Ontario Competition normally states that you must possess a Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status - this is WAIVED for the virtual contests.

Contest Scopes

Not all contest areas typically represented at the Skills Ontario Competition can be available or are suitable for a virtual format. Our intent is to provide this unique standalone initiative in as many areas as possible. The contests below will link to their Scope and mandatory Safety Checklist.

Scope need to be read in full prior to registration.

To be announced on May Friday 22nd by 5:00pm.

Contest

Safety Sheet

Scope

Coding Safety Sheet Scope
Culinary Arts Safety Sheet Scope
Project Submission Template
Self & Customer Review Template
Fashion Design Safety Sheet Scope
Hairstyling Safety Sheet Scope
IT Office Software Applications Safety Sheet Scope
Job Interview Safety Sheet Scope
Job Skill Demonstration Safety Sheet Scope
Safety Plan
Mechanical CAD Safety Sheet Scope
Photography Safety Sheet Scope 
Prepared Speech Safety Sheet Scope
TV/Video Production Safety Sheet Scope
Welding Safety Sheet Scope

 

Safety

A mandatory Safety Checklist is to be completed prior to starting the contest and must be submitted with the projects. If this is not complete or submitted, the submission will not be judged. It is located with the scope.

An informed consent form for a virtual platform will also be included during the registration process and will require consent and a parent/guardian’s signature if the student is under 18 years old.

 

Registration

NEW! Registration extended to June 12th 4:00pm EST!
Note: Students or Parents/ Guardians who register after June 7th at 4pm EST until the extension deadline of June 12th at 4pm EST will not have an extension of time for practice and/or working on their project, they will still be expected to compete and/ or submit on the contest deadline of either June 17th or 18th (noted which date for which contest in the scope).

Students/parents are to be the ones to register, not their school board. There is no fee to participate. If the student is under 18, a parent/guardian must be present during registration to digitally sign, or the parent/guardian should register their student.

To register, please read through the information on this webpage thoroughly to ensure you are eligible to participate and read through your contest scope. Then, fill out the form below. You will receive an e-mail confirmation that your submission was received. This does not mean you have been approved. You will receive another e-mail the following week to let you know if your space was approved or waitlisted.

In a regular competition year, school boards across the province hold regional qualifying events to determine which student will represent them in each contest at the Skills Ontario Competition or the Skills Ontario Qualifying Competition, which is limited to one student per school board. For school boards who successfully held their qualifying events this year, registration priority for the Virtual Contests will be given to the gold-medal students who would have represented their school boards at the 2020 Skills Ontario Competition. These students must still register themselves, and their school board must submit the list of names of students who would have advanced.

If that student is no longer able to participate, or the regional qualifying event was not able to be held, competitors will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis, with the first student from each school board receiving priority. This helps ensure that students from across the province receive the same opportunities to participate as they would in a normal competition year.

 

FAQ

1.         How many contests are being offered?

12 contests are currently being offered, with 3 in the Service sector, 5 in the Technology sector, 3 in the Essential Skills, and 1 in the Industrial sector (exam/drawing based).

Scopes will be released on Friday May 22 by 5 PM.

 

2.         What action is required from school boards?

As we are keeping school boards informed on our virtual contests and our other programming, we request that you continue to help spread the word to students by emailing teachers, sharing on social media, etc.

Skills Ontario has also requested a list of the names of all students who would have originally advanced to the 2020 Skills Ontario Qualifying Competitions or the 2020 Skills Ontario Competition, if your school board was able to host their regionals. This is so if these students register, we can cross reference the list each school board provided to the list of registered students and ensure they are fairly given priority to participate.

Please note that regarding registration, students will register themselves. School boards will not be registering students.

 

3.         What are students responsible for?

These contests are open to all secondary students in Ontario. It will be on a first-come first-served basis, with the first student from each school board registering being accepted, up to the contest maximum. If there are spaces remaining, additional students will be accepted regardless of their school board and based on when they registered. Before registering, students must read and review the contest scopes to ensure they can and wish to participate.

Students must meet mandatory safety requirements (see question 4).

Students must have access to all required materials and equipment (see question 5).

 

4.         What safety precautions are being taken?

A mandatory Safety Checklist is to be completed prior to starting any contest and must be submitted by students with their projects. If this is not complete or submitted, the submission will not be judged. An informed consent form for a virtual platform will also be included during the registration process and will require consent and a parent/guardian’s signature if the student is under 18 years old.

 

5.         How are the contests inclusive for materials and tools?

Scopes/projects have been reviewed, simplified, and modified to take into account the various different atmospheres in which students will be competing, understanding they will not all be the same. Scopes have been made as inclusive as they can be at this time. Prior to registration, the scopes will be available for preview. Students will be asked to read the scope first for their contest to see if it is viable for them to participate before registering.

 

6.         Is this a replacement for the Skills Ontario Competition?

No. While these contests are an opportunity for students to participate in skilled trade/tech Skills Ontario programming at the secondary level, with simplified and modified projects from that of the Skills Ontario Competition, this is not a replacement. There will be certificates for first, second, and third place winners (no medals), and we will host a live online Awards Ceremony to announce the winners. Please note that all 2020 Virtual Skills Ontario Contests will not progress to any other level of competition.

 

7.         Is there a fee to participate?

No.

We are regularly updating our website at skillsontario.com/2020-virtual-skills-ontario-contests and welcome any questions you may have. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at competitions@skillsontario.com.

 

Project Submission