2021 Competition Information Guide

With COVID-19 restrictions in place across the province and after extensive consultation with our educational partners, Skills Ontario has made the decision to hold the Skills Ontario Competition in a remote virtual format. Students from across the province will compete live while on a video call from their school, college, training delivery agent, or other appropriate workspace. Each contest has been designed to be completed remotely while still maintaining as close to the previous level of difficulty and comprehensiveness at the in-person competition as possible. Contest scopes have also been designed to be completed with tools and equipment that are commonly available in classrooms across Ontario.

This information guide will contain the information required to plan for the 2021 Virtual Skills Ontario Competition. Please review it carefully as there are many important changes for the 2021 competition.

This guide will be updated regularly as new information/policies are implemented. Click here to view the changelog which details all of the changes that have been made to this guide.

Last Updated: January 14th, 2021

Major Changes for 2021
About
Contest List
Registration Policy
Competitor Eligibility
Competitor Rules and Regulations
Contest Information
Safety
Best Practices
Important Dates
Skills Canada National Competition & WorldSkills
Changelog

 


Major Changes for 2021

The following is a summary of the major changes to the Competition for this year. For more details about each of the points, please see the relevant section of this guide.

  • Students will compete at their school, college, training delivery agent, or other appropriate workspace
  • Competitors will be required to have an adult with them that is qualified/competent in the contest area, to both supervise, ensure safety, and to assist in judging if required
  • Each contest will be scheduled to take place over a two-week period from April 22 to May 7. These will be live video calls for competitors, judges, and Skills Ontario staff but closed for viewing for the public. Each contest will be recorded and displayed, along with the Career Exploration Showcase Booths, at the Virtual Skills Ontario Competition on May 12th.
  • Elementary Challenges will not be live – they will be projects that entire classes can complete together, with the teacher/school board selecting the best project(s) to submit to Skills Ontario for judging. Only one final project per registered space will be entered into the official challenge.
  • Contest scopes will be designed to take into account equipment that is commonly available at schools/training delivery agents across the province.
  • Normal registration fees, which typically only cover 7% of total contest costs per student, will be reduced to cover the cost of consumables which will be provided by the school board/college/training delivery agent – those will be noted in the scopes or separate document
  • School boards/colleges/training delivery agents will be able to register up to four (4) spaces per contest. If there are still spaces remaining after each institution has been approved for one (1) space, second spaces will be approved in the order they are registered, and so on, until the cap has been hit. This only applies to the 2021 competition. Normal registration policies will likely revert back for 2022.
  • Qualifying Competitions have been cancelled. Boards will be able to register directly for the four (4) contests (Carpentry – Individual, Welding, Culinary Arts, TV & Video Production) as they would with all other contests for the provincial level
  • Medals will be awarded at the Closing Ceremony, including for the first time the winners of the Elementary Challenges.

 


About

The 2021 Skills Ontario Competition will take place in a remote-virtual setting. Students will compete in various contests (see the “Contest List” section of this guide for the contests available in the remote-virtual format at the #VSOC2021 competition) at the Elementary, Secondary, and Post-Secondary levels.

The Secondary and Post-Secondary contests will be held over a span of two weeks from April 22nd to May 7th, with students competing on their designated contest day (See "Contest List" for dates). All the contests have been designed to be completed with equipment that is commonly available in schools/training delivery agents across the province. For safety purposes, students will be required to have a qualified adult with them while competing (for more information regarding policy, please see the “Safety” section of this guide).

All competitors will be required to compete while on a video-call with the Technical Chairs, contest judges and a Skills Ontario staff member to ensure the safety of the competitors, to allow for live judging, and to monitor for any unfair behaviour. Some exceptions apply. These video-calls will be on Google Meet or Microsoft Teams, recorded, and displayed during #VSOC2021 on May 12th to allow guests to watch the students compete in their trade as they would during an in-person competition. For more details on the recording and privacy policies, see the ‘Safety’ section.

Elementary Challenges will also be available at the #VSOC2021 competition. These challenges have been completely re-designed for this year to allow entire classrooms to participate if desired, and instructions will be provided to teachers, similar to the new Paper Glider Program. While whole classes will be able to participate in the challenge, they are still to be completed in teams of 2 or 4 (depending on the contest) as in a normal competition year for submissions. Each class, school and school board can determine or vote for who will represent their school board for the Challenge for their amount of registered spaces. Only one final project per registered space will be entered into the official challenge for competition. Teachers are encouraged to have classmates and schools compete against one other for the registered spaces. Classes/students may practice and work on the challenge from the time the scope is released, but students must be selected by the April 9th registration deadline, and the project submitted by April 19th at 4pm.

Below are some of the additional opportunities that the 2021 Virtual Skills Ontario Competition will offer in a virtual format. More information about these opportunities will be added shortly.

Career Exploration Showcase - Colleges, unions, and industry partners provide interactive  experiences to demonstrate to visitors what’s available to them in the skilled trades and technologies.
Young Women’s Conference - Through a variety of activities, speeches, and mentors, young women are encouraged and inspired to consider the skilled trades and technologies.
First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Student Conference - First Nations, Métis, and Inuit youth are encouraged to explore the skilled trades and technologies by participating in activities, listening to speeches, and hearing from mentors.

Closing Ceremony - Celebrating the achievements of the competitors, the first, second and third place finishers will be announced in each contest, including for the first time the Elementary Challenge winners.

 


Contest List

The following is a list of the contests that have been confirmed to take place at the 2021 Virtual Skills Ontario Competition. We anticipate offering as many contests as possible that were previously offered in 2019. However, contest availability is based on their practicality in a remote virtual format, with projects that are still as close as possible to the level of excellence at a provincial standard. Please check back regularly as more contests will be added.

For the chart below, green highlighting indicates contests that will be held in 2021, red highlighting indicates contests that will NOT be held in 2021, and no highlighting are for contests that are yet to be confirmed either way. Dates are subject to change up until the registration date.

While we strive to have all scopes completed and posted by the end of January, there is a possibility that some scopes may be delayed due to extenuating circumstances, as well as the fact that we can only post scopes once the National-level scope has been posted.

Contest Name
Level(s)
Skills Canada National Competition Contest Date (between April 22 and May 7)
2D Character Animation (Team of 2) S S TBA
3D Character Animation (Team of 2) S S TBA
3D Digital Game Art PS PS TBA
Aesthetics S / PS PS TBA
Aircraft Maintenace PS PS TBA
Architectural Technology and Design S / PS S / PS TBA
Automation and Control PS PS TBA
Auto Collision Repair S / PS S / PS TBA
Auto Service Technology S / PS S / PS TBA
Auto Painting S / PS S / PS TBA
Baking S / PS S / PS TBA
Brick Masonry S / PS PS TBA
Cabinetmaking S / PS S / PS TBA
Carpentry - Individual S / PS S / PS TBA
Carpentry - Team (Team of 2) S - -
CNC Machining PS PS TBA
CNC Woodworking S - TBA
Coding S / PS - TBA
Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) S / PS - TBA
DEMO - Concrete Finishing PS - TBA
Culinary Arts S / PS S / PS TBA
Electrical Installations S / PS S / PS TBA
Electronics S / PS S / PS TBA
Fashion Design S S TBA
Floristry S - TBA
Georgraphic Information Systems (GIS) - Team of 2 S - TBA
Graphic Design - Presentation S - TBA
Graphic Design - Studio Production S / PS S / PS TBA
Hairstyling S / PS S / PS TBA
Heating Systems Technician S / PS - TBA
Heavy Equipment Service S / PS PS TBA
Home and Team Building (Team of 4) S - TBA
Horticulture and Landscape (Team of 2) S / PS PS TBA
Industrial Mechanic Millwright PS PS TBA
IT Network Systems Administration S / PS S / PS TBA
IT Office Software Applications S / PS S / PS TBA
Job Interview S S TBA
Job Skill Demonstration S S TBA
DEMO - Live Line Forestry PS - TBA
Landscape Design S / PS - TBA
Mechanical CAD S / PS S / PS TBA
Mechatronics (Team of 2) PS PS TBA
Metal Fabricator Fitter PS - TBA
Mobile Crane Operator PS - -

DEMO - Network Cabling Specialist

PS - TBA
Outdoor Powered Equipment S / PS S / PS TBA
Photography S / PS S / PS TBA
Pin & Medal Design S / PS - -
Plumbing S / PS PS TBA
DEMO - Polymechanics and Automation PS - TBA
Powerline Technician (Team of 2) PS - TBA
Precision Machining S / PS S / PS TBA
Prepared Speech S S TBA
Refrigeration S / PS PS TBA
Restaurant Service S / PS - TBA
Robotics (Team of 4) S S TBA
Robotics and Control Systems (Team of 2) S - -
Sheet Metal PS PS TBA
DEMO - Sprinkler Fitter PS PS TBA
Steamfitting/Pipefitting PS PS TBA
Truck and Coach PS - TBA
TV and Video Production (Team of 2) S S TBA
Web Design and Development S / PS S TBA
Welding S / PS S / PS TBA
Workplace Safety S S TBA
CHALLENGE - Character Animation (Team of 4) 4-6 / 7 & 8 - -
CHALLENGE - Construction (Team of 4) 7 & 8 - -
CHALLENGE - Green Energy (Team of 4) 7 & 8 - -
CHALLENGE - LEGO Mechanical Engineering (Team of 4) 4-6 / 7 & 8 - -
CHALLENGE - LEGO Robotics (Team of 4) 4-6 / 7 & 8 - -
CHALLENGE - Technology (Team of 4) 4-6 / 7 & 8 - -
CHALLENGE - TV Video Production (Team of 2) 7 & 8 - -
CHALLENGE - VEX Robotics (Team of 4) 4-6 / 7 & 8 - -
CHALLENGE - Workplace Safety (Team of 2) 7 & 8 - -

 

 


Registration Policy

Only designated school board/college/training delivery agent contacts may reserve a contest space at the Skills Ontario Competition. If you are interested in participating and do not know who your institution’s contact person is, please email competitions@skillsontario.com.

Space reservation will occur on:

  • Post-Secondary contests: Tuesday, January 12th at 9:00am
  • Elementary/Secondary contests: Thursday, January 14th at 9:00am

For the 2021 competition only, the maximum number of competitors/teams per school board/college/training delivery agent for each contest has been increased to four (4), as opposed to the limit of one(1) for Elementary/Secondary and two(2) for Post-Secondary in previous years. The spaces will be approved in the order they are registered, with priority given to each institution's first space in each contest, as we have done in past years. If there are still spaces remaining after each institution has received one space, second spaces will be approved in the order they are registered, and so on, until the contest capacity is reached.

Spaces will be approved/waitlisted during the week of January 25th, 2021. An e-mail will be sent out to all registration contacts letting them know when they can review their approved spaces.

Supervisor and Student Registration

All competitors will still be required to register with Skills Ontario, and need to have a parent/guardian sign an informed consent form if under the age of 18.

As all competitors will need to be accompanied by a qualified/competent supervisor while competing, Skills Ontario will be requiring the supervisor to register as well. This is to ensure that the supervisor is not only qualified in the field that the student will be competing, but also to ensure the code of conduct, and rules and regulations is also being followed by the supervisor as well as the competitor.

A link will be provided during the registration process for the supervisor to register themselves. The deadline for supervisor registration will be the same as the competitor deadline – April 1st at 4pm.

 

Fees

The competition registration fee covers less than 7% of the total cost per student to run each contest. Skills Ontario acknowledges the contributions of our sponsors and partners who help us provide these opportunities for our youth.

For the 2021 competition year only, Skills Ontario has reduced registration fees as school boards/colleges/training delivery agents will be using this cost difference to cover costs of consumable materials for certain contests. Each scope and project has been designed with in this dollar amount. We have worked with our Technical Chairs to reduce the costs of these materials as much as possible, with the goal of keeping the total cost at or below the difference in normal registration fees, to the changed registration fee for 2021 (noted below).

 

Category
Level
Registration Fee Payment Policy & Cancellation Fees ***
 Qualifying  Secondary N/A - Cancelled for 2021  N/A - Cancelled for 2021

 Skills Ontario Competition    

Secondary / Post-Secondary

________________

Elementary


$50 (reduced from $175) per student*

_____________________

$25 (reduced from $90) per student*

Spaces cancelled after March 4th at 4:00pm will be
charged the full fee ($50 for Secondary/Post-Secondary, $25 for Elementary).

Affiliation

Elementary / Secondary

________________

Post-Secondary


$0

_____________________


$250**


All schools will be considered affiliated for the 2020-21 school year due to funding from the Government of Ontario.

______________________________________________________________________

Schools/colleges/training development agents not affiliated prior to attending the competition will be charged the affiliation fee along with the registration fee(s).

Waitlisted Spaces Elementary, Secondary, Post-Secondary $0 School boards/colleges/training delivery agents will not be invoiced for waitlisted spaces.  When a waitlisted space becomes accepted, the school board/college/training delivery agent will then be invoiced.

 Notes:

 * Registration fees have been reduced for the 2021 competition to off-set the costs of consumable contest materials. NOTE – this amount is not what it costs for a competitor to compete in previous years for consumables.
** Fee per school/college/training delivery agent
*** Fees for cancelled spaces are not transferable to new spaces.


 

Competitor Eligiblity

Elementary Level Eligibility

Elementary level competitors must meet the following criteria in the current school year:

  • Attend a public, separate or private secondary institute
  • Be enrolled in the appropriate grade level corresponding with the challenge (Grades 4-6 or Grades 7 & 8) within the current school year (September 2020 – June 2021).
  • Be registered as a competitor with Skills Ontario.
  • Competitors may compete in only one (1) contest at the Skills Ontario Competition.
  • Students registered in a team event must be enrolled in the same school. It is recommended, in light of COVID, teams are in the same cohort.

Secondary Level Eligibility

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

  • Possess a Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status and be a resident of Ontario. Competitors are responsible for verifying this information if requested.
  • Attend a public, separate or private secondary institute
  • Be 21 years of age or younger as of December 31st in the competition year (2020). Birth date must fall in 1999 or later. Proof of age must be available upon request.
  • Be enrolled in a subject related* to the area of the contest in which they will compete OR have completed a senior level course in that subject area and/or co-operative education placement related to their contest area. *EXCEPTION: Employability Skills Contests
  • Have been earning high school credits any time during the current school year (September 2019 to June 2020).
  • competitors MUST be trained or knowledgeable in ALL components of their chosen contest in order to participate
  • Proof of related subject/ training must be available upon request.
  • Be registered as a competitor with Skills Ontario.
  • Competitors may compete in only one (1) contest at the Skills Ontario Competition.
  • Students registered in a team event must be enrolled in the same school. It is recommended, in light of COVID, teams are in the same cohort.
  • Students enrolled in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) will be considered secondary level students and will compete at the secondary level, as long as the age criteria in c) is met. Adult OYAP students (22 years of age or older), who are registered apprentices, may apply to compete at the Post-Secondary level (see Post-Secondary Level for eligibility).

Post-Secondary Level Eligibility

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

  • Possess a Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status and be a resident of Ontario. Competitors are responsible for verifying this information if requested.
  • Be enrolled in a community college or private or vocational school or training delivery agent OR be a registered apprentice with MTCU or a Journeyperson candidate in the field that they are competing.
  • Be enrolled in a post-secondary program of study directly related to the contest in which they will compete, within the current school year (September 2020 – June 2021).
  • Be registered as a competitor with Skills Ontario.
  • Competitors may compete in only one (1) contest at the Skills Ontario Competition.
  • Students registered in a team event must be enrolled in the same school.
  • The competitor cannot be a certified journeyperson in the trade in which they are competing in. A final year apprentice who has NOT passed their qualification exam will only be eligible for one (1) year after the end of their apprenticeship to compete in the Skills Ontario Competition.
  • If you are a certified journeyperson in a different trade from which you are competing, this must be disclosed with registration and reviewed by the Director of Competitions prior to the competition to reference similarities and fairness. Skills Compétences Canada will likely be referenced for the final decision.
  • Competitors must be no older than 29 years of age in the year of the competition (2021). Birth date must fall in 1992 or later. Proof of age must be available upon request.
  • All competitors must be able to show either current apprenticeship or Journeyperson candidate status and/or proof of age upon request of the Technical Chair and/ or Skills Ontario staff if requested.

 


 

Competitor Rules and Regulations

  • A minimum score of 60% will be required to receive any ribbon or medal or to be eligible to advance to the Skills Canada National Competition.
  • Translators or other accommodations must be requested during the online competitor registration process and reviewed prior to approval. Due to bilingual staffing capacity, French oral translation services will be made available wherever possible but are not guaranteed.
  • Competitors must be on time for their contest. Late arrivals may or may not be allowed to compete, but no "make-up" time will be given. Disqualification or a penalty will be at the discretion of the Technical Chair and before disqualification is final will be reviewed with the Director of Competitions. Refer to contest scope for start times.
  • IF there are technical difficulties which will make a competitor late, or other infractions, you must email or call with in 15 minutes to notify Skills Ontario staff. This includes for the video call, as well as any submission deadlines for after the contest ends if applicable. Email competitions@skillsontario.com or call Nicholas Komarnitsky at 519-778-5565.
  • Competitor orientation will be facilitated by the Technical Committee members and attendance is mandatory. If clarification is required during the contest, competitors should seek it from the Technical Committee members.
  • Competitors must wear/bring appropriate dress/safety equipment/tools or equipment as specified in the contest scope or from the policy of the facility in which the competitor is competing from. Competitors will not be permitted to participate and will be disqualified if they do not come prepared with all safety dress/equipment specified in the scope.
  • Competitors may not speak to spectators during their contest (this includes teachers, advisors, parents, media or employers). Competitors may be disqualified at the Judges’ and Technical Committee Chair’s discretion. Talking with the Supervisor for remote virtual is allowed, but not for the contest/project itself. This will includes assisting in judging (ie measuring), or camera work and angles. This will be monitored by the judges on the video call.
  • Competitors may be excused for washroom breaks at the discretion of the Technical Committee members.
  • Books, notes, materials and assisting devices as well as media devices, such as cell phones, smart phones, mp3 players or PDAs are not permitted during the contest unless the items are identified in the contest scope prior to the competition or during orientation. If discovered, a warning, penalty or possible disqualification could occur at the discretion of the Technical Chair.
  • Any person in a contest (competitor, technical committee member, judge, supervisor) who is found guilty of dishonest conduct should be aware that there is zero tolerance for cheating and plagiarism. Any Competitor or supervisor found guilty of dishonest or unsafe conduct will be immediately disqualified.
  • Any contest/scope/equipment questions submitted from competitors or advisors to the competition department staff and/ or Technical Committee after 5pm two (2) weeks prior to the competition, will likely not be answered. Read the scope and ask questions early.

Conflict Resolution Procedure

The Conflict Resolution Procedure is in place to ensure all competitors are treated equally and fairly during the Qualifying and Skills Ontario Competition. If a competitor feels they have been treated unfairly, they are asked to begin the process by:

  • Informal: starting an informal protest, either verbally or in writing to the Technical Committee Chair. It is encouraged that the competitor discusses the informal protest with the Technical Committee Chair as soon as possible during the contest. Through discussion, the competitor and Technical Committee Chair will work to determine a resolution to the situation. The Director of Competitions and/or the Conflict Resolution Committee may be referenced.
  • Formal: If a competitor who is directly affected by the situation would like to submit a formal protest he or she may start the conflict resolution procedure at any time during the contest, up until fifteen (15) minutes after the contest ends. See contest Scope for contest agenda/ times.

Protests can be made by the competitor only (not a teacher, guardian, supervisor, etc.)

 


 

Contest Information

Contests at the 2021 Skills Ontario Competition have been designed to offer a similar level of difficulty and comprehensiveness as an in-person competition, while taking account the challenges that a remote virtual competition can bring. Skills Ontario has worked with the Technical Chairs of each contest to try to ensure that the challenges can be completed with equipment that would be generally available in schools/colleges/training delivery agents across the province. The contest scopes have also been designed to reduce the amount of consumable materials that would be required to be purchased, to ensure that costs remain in-line with the difference in reduced registration fees from previous years.

While we have done our best to ensure that any tools/equipment required for a contest are commonly available, it is still important to review the “Equipment and Materials” section of the scope to ensure your competitor has access to everything listed. If you do not have everything, we recommend reaching out to local businesses, partners, co-op/OYAP employers, etc, if equipment and/or consumables can be borrowed. Skills Ontario is also coordinating with partners to review the possibilities of having material, equipment and/or shipping provided. This is not a guarantee, and may only be possible for select contests.

Contest Scopes

The most important thing a competitor and their advisor can do to prepare for the competition is to thoroughly read through the contest scope and any project documents if available. The scope contains all of the information that a competitor needs to know to have a successful and safe competition.

Scopes summarize each contest and specify the following information:

  • purpose of the contest
  • skills and knowledge to be tested & judging criteria
  • materials the competitor must supply & materials that Skills Ontario will supply
  • safety requirements
  • date, duration and timing of contest
  • level of contest and its technical committee members
  • any additional subject matter the competitor should review

If a scope’s instructions are not followed, appropriate deductions will occur to the judging criteria for the competitor/team at the discretion of the Technical Chair/Committee.

Changes may occur in the scopes up until two (2) weeks prior to the competition. It is the responsibility of the competitor and advisor to ensure they have the most up to date version. The dates of postings will be reflected with the scopes on the website.

All scopes should be posted on the website by the end of January 2021. While we do our best to post scopes by the end of January, there are other factors that may not allow for this to occur. If the contest scope is not posted, please continue to check the website. Past scopes are also available on the website as a reference and as a preparation tool. If there is any additional documentation, project drawings, or project examples, they should be posted by the beginning of March.

Software

Skills Ontario is working with the Educational Computing Network of Ontario (ECNO) to have all of the software listed in the scopes approved ahead of time for institutions, to aid in their internal process to be able to move forward. This approval letter, as well as the full list of software, will be sent to registration contacts as soon as it is available and posted here.

It is imperative that students/advisors read the scopes thoroughly and make note of any software requirements. For some contests, Skills Ontario will provide software/licenses to use during the competition (through links to download). For others, competitors/schools will be required to provide them, however all software used will be industry standards and widely available, and in most cases most commonly used in educational institutions.

Confirmed Software

  • Individual contest's video call platform (Secondary and Post-Secondary): Google Meet or Microsoft Teams
  • Virtual Skills Ontario Competition on May 12th, including the Career Exploration Showcase Booths, Young Women's Conferecnces and the FNMI Conference: VFairs.


 

Safety

Student safety is a top priority for Skills Ontario. The following policies will be in place to reduce potential risks:

  • Students must be enrolled in, or have taken a similar course of that of the contest that they will be competing in, to ensure they have a base level of competence and safety understanding.
  • An adult trained/competent in the contest area must be present the entire time a student is competing to ensure on-site in-person safety
  • Students must wear all required safety equipment as outlined in each contest scope. Students who fail to wear proper equipment will not be allowed to compete.
  • Judges and Skills Ontario staff will be monitoring each contest on the video call, where applicable, to ensure all safety practices are followed and that equipment is being used properly.
  • Competitor Safety Check List will be completed by the Technical Chairs during orientation
  • All equipment used by a competitor, must comply with the safety policies of the educational institution in which the competitor is from, no matter the location in which the competitor is competing from

Privacy

While competing on the live video call, a recording of each entire breakout room will be taken to both assist in judging after the contest if required, as well as to display to the general public during the Virtual Skills Ontario Competition on May 12th, as the public would be able to do so in previous years watching the competitors compete. This will allow for as normal as possible of an experience for students who would have visited the competition in Toronto, to watch the competitors compete as they would during a regular competition year, get to see and understand the skill set. This also allows for a unique experience, that competitors will also be able to watch themselves.

Each year, there is a section in the Informed Consent Form that is signed off on for video, pictures, media, etc. Any competitor/parent/guardian who are uncomfortable with having videos or pictures taken have the option with the Informed Consent Form to opt-out by emailing competitions@skillsontario.com in advance of the competition. In previous in-person years, this is denoted a red wrist band.

 


 

Best Practices

The 2021 Virtual Skills Ontario Competition will pose unique challenges to students and their supervisors. The following are suggestions for best practices to follow to ensure a successful competition:

  • Review the scope. Ensure that you understand everything in the scope, and if something is unclear, reach out to the Tech Chairs or the Competitions Department well in advance of the competition.
  • Ensure that you have access to all of the required equipment (including software), and that you are familiar with how to use them.
  • Familiarize yourself with the video conferencing software and ensure that your webcam is functional prior to the day of the competition. Plan where you will set up your webcam to be able to best capture your work area.
  • Log-in early on the day of the contest to make sure everything is working properly.
  • If a Go Pro or similar camera is available that can be connected to the video call, this could possibly make it easier for the supervisor to work the camera for the Technical Chairs and Judges. This however is NOT mandatory. Most competitors will be competing from a lap top, and moving the laptop when required.
  • If you wish to have a bigger screen, could connect a lap top to a smart screen or large TV

 

Important Dates

  • Thursday October 22 - 9:00am
    • Registration Contacts can create accounts on the Skills Ontario registration site. All accounts must be validated by the Registrar before a contact can login
    • A new account MUST be created each year - https://register.skillsontario.com
  • Friday November 13 - 4:00pm
    • Pin and Medal Contest Deadline
  • Thursday January 14 at 9:00am
    • Contest space reservation OPENS for Elementary and Secondary Contests at the Skills Ontario Competition
    • Reserving a spot does not guarantee a space, it is first come first serve basis, with Affiliated Priority given based on affiliation status. Once contest maximums are reached, registered space(s) are placed on a waitlist. All spaces registered will be listed as “Pending Approval” until they are approved by the Competitions Department in the week of January 25th.
  • Friday January 15 at 9:00am
    • Contest space reservation OPENS for Post-Secondary Contests at the Skills Ontario Competition.
    • Reserving a spot does not guarantee a space, it is first come first serve basis, with Affiliated Priority given based on affiliation status. Once contest maximums are reached, registered space(s) are placed on a waitlist. All spaces registered will be listed as “Pending Approval” until they are approved by the Registrar in the week of January 25th.
  • Thursday March 4 - 4:00pm
    • Elementary/Secondary/Post-Secondary: No-penalty cancellation deadline. Competition spaces that are cancelled after this date/time will be charged the entire registration fee.
    • If spaces are cancelled, they will be offered to those on the waitlists.
  • Thursday April 1 - 4:00pm
    • Competitors: Elementary, Secondary and Post-Secondary - Registration and informed consent form deadline
    • If Competitors have not registered themselves/completed the online informed consent form by this deadline, they will NOT be competing and their spot will be offered to a school on the waitlist
  • Tuesday April 6  – Friday April 9 
    • Between these dates, waitlisted spots will be offered if competitors did not register by final deadline above
  • Friday April 9 - 4pm
    • Deadline for competitor substitutions (emergency exceptions may apply with regards to teams)
    • All questions pertaining to a contest/scope/equipment communicated after this date are not guaranteed a response, as staff are preparing to set up for the Competition
  • Monday, April 19 - 4pm
    • Elementary Challenge projects are due.
  • Thursday April 22 - Friday May 7
    • Contests will occur and be recorded
  • Wednesday May 12
    • The 2021 Virtual Skills Ontario Competition, with a VFairs Platform for the Career Exploration Showcase Booths, Conferences, and Contests.
  • Thursday May 13
    • Closing Ceremonies
     

Skills Canada National Competition and WorldSkills

Skills Ontario sends medal recipients to the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) as representatives of Team Ontario each year. This is applicable for only contests that continue to the National level. This year, the SCNC will be held virtually as well, in much the same format as the Virtual Skills Ontario Competition. Not every contest that the National level normally hosts will be available for 2021. This is based on the availability of similar equipment across the entire country.

This will be an extremely tight turnaround between the provincial and national contests for 2021. Students may only have a couple of days between competing at the provincial level and the national level, depending on what days national contests are held on. We strongly recommend that any student who is interested or likely to potentially compete at the national level, review the national scope ahead of time so that they’re as prepared as possible.

The Team Canada selection process will not be occurring at the 2021 Skills Canada National Competition, therefore there will be no changes in the eligibility rules (ex. age extension or ability to compete with a license). The Team Canada Selection process will now occur at the 2022 Skills Canada National Competition.

Official Dates for SCNC2021 have not yet been released.

 

Changelog

  • 2021-01-14 - Skills Canada Nartional Competition: Aircraft Maintenance, Cabinetmaking, Horticulture and Landscape, Sheet Metal Work, Industrial Mechanic Millwright, Outdoor Powered Equipment, and Precision Machining (Secondary only) have been cancelled at the National level.
  • 2021-01-13 - Horticulture and Landscape has been cancelled.
  • 2021-01-12 - Outdoor Powered Equipment has now been cancelled. Due to technical issues with the registration site, post-secondary registration has been postponed to Friday, January 15th.
  • 2021-01-07 - Floristry, Aesthetics (Secondary only), and Heating Systems Technician have been cancelled. Auto Service Technology is now confirmed.
  • 2021-01-06 - Concrete Finishing (Demo) has been confirmed.
  • 2021-01-05 - Truck and Coach will not be taking place. Refrigeration has been confirmed.
  • 2021-01-04 - Heavy Equipment Service has been confirmed for Post-Secondary only. Powerline Technician and Liveline Forestry (Demo) will not be taking place. Aesthetics is confirmed for post-secondary, but no longer confirmed for secondary.
  • 2020-12-21 - Industrial Mechanic Millwright has been confirmed.
  • 2020-12-17 - Page created.