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: March 31, 2021

Major Changes for 2021
About
Contest List
Supervisor Policy
Event Format
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.
  • Most Elementary Challenges will not be live – they have been designed this year to allow teachers and students to work on projects over time and with more than one team (the entire class if desired competing against each other). 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. VEX IQ and LEGO Robotics are the exception and will have scheduled live judging components as well as online submissions. Please see the challenge scope for dates and further details.
  • 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.

Mandatory Supervisor: Please refer to the table below for the list of contests that require a supervisor. For more information regarding this requirement, please see the “Supervisor” section or click here.

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 provincial and territorial member organizations can only post scopes once the National-level scope has been posted. Note: Demos do not have their scopes posted. For more information regarding demos, please contact competitions@skillsontario.com

Contest Name
Level(s)
Skills Canada National Competition Mandatory Supervisor Contest Date (between April 22 and May 7)
2D Character Animation (Team of 2) S S No Submissions only - see Scope for deadline
3D Character Animation (Team of 2) S S No Submissions only - see Scope for deadline
3D Digital Game Art PS PS No May 6
Aesthetics S / PS PS No May 3
Aircraft Maintenace PS PS No April 28
Architectural Technology and Design S / PS S / PS No April 28
Automation and Control PS PS No April 22
Auto Collision Repair S / PS S / PS Yes April 27
Auto Service Technology S / PS S / PS No May 3 (Post-secondary) / May 5 (Secondary)
Auto Painting S / PS S / PS Yes May 5
Baking S / PS S / PS No May 4
Brick Masonry S / PS PS No May 3
Cabinetmaking S / PS S / PS No April 26
Carpentry - Individual S / PS S / PS No April 27 (Post-secondary) / April 28 (Secondary)
Carpentry - Team (Team of 2) S - - -
CNC Machining PS PS Yes April 26 / April 27
CNC Woodworking S - No Submissions only - see Scope for deadline
Coding S / PS - No May 6
Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) S / PS - No April 26
DEMO - Concrete Finishing PS - No TBA
Culinary Arts S / PS S / PS Yes May 3 (Post-secondary) / May 4 (Secondary)
Electrical Installations S / PS S / PS - -
Electronics S / PS S / PS No May 4
Fashion Design S S No April 28
Floristry S - - -
Georgraphic Information Systems (GIS) - Team of 2 S - No April 27
Graphic Design - Presentation S - No Submissions only - see Scope for deadline
Graphic Design - Studio Production S / PS S / PS No April 28
Hairstyling S / PS S / PS No April 29 (Post-secondary) / April 30 (Secondary)
Heating Systems Technician S / PS - - -
Heavy Equipment Service S / PS PS No May 4
Home and Team Building (Team of 2) S - No April 30
Horticulture and Landscape (Team of 2) S / PS PS - -
Industrial Mechanic Millwright PS PS No April 22
IT Network Systems Administration S / PS S / PS No May 5
IT Office Software Applications S / PS S / PS No April 22
Job Interview S S No May 7
Job Skill Demonstration S S No May 7
DEMO - Live Line Forestry PS - - -
Landscape Design S / PS - No May 5
Mechanical CAD S / PS S / PS No April 22
Mechatronics (Team of 2) PS PS No April 30
Metal Fabricator Fitter PS - No April 26
Mobile Crane Operator PS - - -

DEMO - Network Cabling Specialist

PS - No TBA
Outdoor Powered Equipment S / PS S / PS - -
Photography S / PS S / PS No Submissions only - see Scope for deadline
Pin & Medal Design S / PS - No Submissions only - see Scope for deadline
Plumbing S / PS PS No May 5
DEMO - Polymechanics and Automation PS - - -
Powerline Technician (Team of 2) PS - - -
Precision Machining S / PS S / PS Yes April 26
Prepared Speech S S No April 29
Refrigeration S / PS PS No May 5
Restaurant Service S / PS - No April 29 (Post-secondary) / April 30 (Secondary)
Robotics (Team of 4) S S No April 27
Robotics and Control Systems (Team of 2) S - - -
Sheet Metal PS PS No May 6
DEMO - Sprinkler Fitter PS PS No TBA
Steamfitting/Pipefitting PS PS No April 29
Truck and Coach PS - - -
TV and Video Production (Team of 2) S S No April 22
Web Design and Development S / PS S No Submissions only - see Scope for deadline
Welding S / PS S / PS No April 26
Workplace Safety S S No May 4
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 - - Submissions only - see Scope for deadline
CHALLENGE - LEGO Mechanical Engineering (Team of 4) 4-6 / 7 & 8 - - Submissions only - see Scope for deadline
CHALLENGE - LEGO Robotics (Team of 4) 4-6 / 7 & 8 - -

Online Submissions & Live Call.

Grades 4-6: April 19th,

Grades 7-8: April 20th

CHALLENGE - Technology (Teams of 1-2 for Grades 4-6, Teams of 4 for Grades 7-8)
4-6 / 7 & 8 - - Submissions only - see Scope for deadline
CHALLENGE - TV Video Production - Individual
7 & 8 - - Submissions only - see Scope for deadline
CHALLENGE - VEX Robotics (Team of 4) 4-6 / 7 & 8 - -

Online Submissions & Live Call.

Grades 4-6: April 19th,

Grades 7-8: April 20th
CHALLENGE - Workplace Safety (Team of 2) 7 & 8 - - Submissions only - see Scope for deadline

 


Supervisor Policy

How and what the monitoring is (supervisor/supervision) for competitors while in-person, will be determined by the institution in which they are representing from their own internal policies, procedures, rules and/or regulations on what is acceptable for monitoring their student(s) from the environment in which they are competing in, and the level of expertise in which the monitor (supervisor) is to have for each contest. Some examples are the following:

  • In a classroom or multiple classrooms
  • At a local company
  • At home (parent/guardian)

Students may compete from home (either lock down and/or if learning from home), as long as the contest in which they are competing in, the institution in which they are representing approves and agrees to the conditions and monitoring (supervision) that would be available (ie parent/guardian/none) and follows their own internal policies, procedures, rules and /or regulations.
All competitors on a live video call, will also be monitored in a virtual format, by the contest judges on the contest video call. Any in-person monitoring is at the discretion of the institution in which the competitor is representing.

It is HIGHLY recommended by Skills Ontario, that any and all contests requiring hands-on applications, machinery, and/or power tools should have in-person monitoring (supervision), but is ultimately at the discretion of the institution in which the competitor represents and how it is outlined. The supervisor, is highly recommended to be someone who is competent/trained/licensed in the skill set of the contest in which the competitor is competing in. This is recommended on the basis of health and safety.

It is also recommended by Skills Ontario, that contests that are only computer based, also have a supervisor, even if it is to check in on the competitor regularly for health and safety.

There are select contests however that will require a mandatory supervisor, as there is a high level of assistance required in judging due to a virtual platform versus in-person judging. This will be noted on the Skills Ontario website in the chart of confirmed contests on the Competition Information Guide page, please check back often for your contest status. Any contest that requires the mandatory supervisor, Skills Ontario will email and communicate this to those competitors registered for those contests.


Event Format

Summary

Competitors are to follow the scope for the details of the contest being virtual for 2021. Almost all contests are on a live video call where judging will occur, and be accompanied by virtual submissions of pictures of their project for final judging. These submissions will be submitted directly to the Skills Ontario website. Information on how to submit, it outlined in the Online Submissions section. This includes the mandatory Competitor Safety Checklist.

Details such as links and other information, will be emailed to competitors between April 15-20, 2021.

Video Call Testing, IT, and Technical Difficulties

There will be an opportunity ahead of the contest date, for competitors to log in and test their devices, cameras and mics (a device to access the video call, mic and camera are mandatory to compete). This will be communicated with competitors/ registration contacts ahead of their contest date, to the dates and times for testing. This is highly recommended to make sure that the competitor is ready for the morning of their contest to access the video call.

If there are technical difficulties on the morning of the contests and can not login, you must email competitions@skillsontario.com no later then 9:15am.

Accompanying the login link and information for the contest that the competitor will receive, will also be information on accessing an IT hotline for if there are any difficulties logging in the morning of the contest. It is HIGHLY recommended, to login in EARLY, as well as to use the test link provided in the email communication to test before the day of the contest to make sure your device, camera and mic are working properly.

Digital Technology for Contest

Every competitor must have their own camera and device to access to video call for their contest. The only exception, is if it is a team contest (ie Team of 2, Team of 4). If it is a team contest, then all competitors from that team can be on the same device for the video call.

If individual competitors are competing from the same room/cohort, they must still have their device, camera and mic.

The below are the mandatory requirements for live video calls. Only a few contests are NOT on a live video call. These will be noted in Online Submission section of the scope. Competitors are allowed to use what ever device(s) they wish to use that are available to them.

  • Stable Internet connection
  • Device to connect to a video call from a link that will be provided
  • Camera for video call
  • Microphone for video call. This can built into a device, or headphones of any kind.
  • Speakers (likely built into the device or from headphones)


Examples:

  • Lap top with built in camera, microphone (or headphones), and speakers
  • Go Pro connected to a lap top with microphone and speakers
  • iPad, mobile device. These are HIGHLY not recommended for several reasons.
    • Difficult to prop up against something if it is required to be constantly moved (unless there is a stand)
    • Not able to see more the 4 other cameras at a time on the call
    • Some mobile devices have limited features on video call platforms and could limit access for a competitor. It is HIGHLY recommended to test the device a competitor wishes to use, on the IT testing dates and times that will be communicated wit the competitors ahead of their contest date.

For some contests, it is likely that the camera may need to be adjusted through out the day for different sections in the agenda, or moved in for close ups of the project during judging. Be prepared, for if a competitor’s hands may be dirty during competition, to have a plan in place ahead of time for if the camera is required to be adjusted. It is up to the competitor/ who the device belongs to, on what the plan would be.

Examples:
-    Hand wipes at the ready or sink, water and soap
-    Disinfecting the device ahead of time (ie Culinary, Baking, Hairstyling and/or Aesthetics)
-    Towels/gloves to touch the device
-    Is it OK to touch the device with dirty hands and clean after?
-    The supervisor/teacher/parent/guardian, if applicable, to move the camera for the competitor

Please note, you do not need a Google Account to participate in a Google Meet video meeting from a computer. As an attendee you will need to click on the meeting link provided to you by Skills Ontario and ask to join the meeting. The Skills Ontario moderator will grant you access to the meeting at the start time.  However, If you are not signed into Google or a Gmail account, you cannot join using your mobile device such as an iPad or cellphone. It is free to create a Google account in advance if you wish to participate from a mobile device.

Video Call Platform and Privacy

All contests will be held on a video call through Google. Microsoft Teams will be a back up if there are any issues the day of the contest.

Google Meets is a free online meeting platform. Skills Ontario will arrange the video call and communicate the links and details with competitors prior to their contest date. Please note, you do not need a Google Account to participate in a Google Meet video meeting from a computer. As an attendee you will need to click on the meeting link provided to you by Skills Ontario and ask to join the meeting. The Skills Ontario moderator will grant you access to the meeting at the start time.  However, If you are not signed into Google or a Gmail account, you cannot join using your mobile device such as an iPad or cellphone. It is free to create a Google account in advance if you wish to participate from a mobile device.

These are “closed” video calls and the following people are the only ones who will be in attendance during the contest:

  • Competitors and their supervisors/teacher/parent (if applicable)
    • NOTE: if there are other students in the room while the competitor is competing, Skills Ontario has no objections to this, and encourages it, as the other students would “act as the spectators” as if the competitor were in person at the Toronto Congress Centre. It must be noted however, that if they are in the frame of the camera, that they will be on the recording of the contest, to show during the Virtual Skills Ontario Competition and Career Exploration Showcase event on May 12, 2021. If they are to be in the same room as the competitor on the day they are competing, please be aware of your own internal privacy policies, and if those students are allowed to be on picture/camera. For competitors, this is already covered, same as in previous years, through the informed consent form.
  • Technical Chairs and Judges
  • Skills Ontario staff
  • IT

The day of each contest, Skills Ontario is the ONLY one to be taking a recording and/or screen shots of the entire group. All those on the call will be asked to refrain from taking any pictures, screen shots and/or recordings that day. This is because other competitors may not wish to be recorded or have their picture taken, that could be used to display to the public. The recording and any screen shots that Skills Ontario takes of the contest, they will remove any competitors who make note of this from their informed contest form. The recordings are going to be used for two (2) purposes:

  • Assist in any judging after the contest day if complete
  • To play during the Virtual Skills Ontario Competition and Career Exploration Showcase on May 12th, 2021. To showcase the skills and talents of the competitors, to provide spectators a display of what that trade and/or technology is all about, and to deliver an “as close to normal as possible” feeling of what the competition is really like in previous years!

Every contest recording to play on the May 12th event, will be edited, and any competitor who made note from their informed consent form to not be included in any recordings and/or pictures, will be blurred or blacked out, so not to be shown in social media in any screen shots and/or the Virtual Skills Ontario Competitions and Career Exploration Showcase.

Everyone is requested, that if they wish to have any screen shots or recordings from their contest, to take these during the May 12th event. Check the Skills Ontario website for updates and details.


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.

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
    • Each student will be required to have their own microphone/camera. If two students from the same school are competing in two separate contests, they must have two microphones/cameras as they will need to join two different video calls. Please note that this requirement does not apply to team contests.
  • 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

 

If a Regional Event Can Not be Hosted – Who do we Send to Provincials?
A list of suggestions has been compiled that may assist institutions this year in determining which students to send if a regional event can not be hosted. We want to provide as many opportunities for students as possible, as this year will still include medals, bursaries, monetary awards, scholarships, and possible job offers for some contests. As well as a possible chance to continue to the national level!

Even if a student may not have had as much practice as normal, we recommend that if an institution can still send a competitor, to still allow them to compete, as they will be able to have this on their resume, along with the experience, and the above possibilities!

Below are ideas and recommendations on how a competitor could possibly be forwarded to the provincial level:

  • Any medal winning competitors from the 2019/2020 regionals/provincials who are still eligible to compete, and still a student at the institution
  • Asking students who want to participate
    • do a lottery
    • have teachers hold a meeting to discuss which student is the top student to send
    • host an online theory test, highest mark
    • highest mark(s) in class/school/board
  • Hold cohort class regionals
  • Selecting from Co-op and/or OYAP students
  • If still able to host an in-person or virtual regional event

 


 

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 February 18 at 9:00am
    • Individual student registration will tentatively begin.
  • Thursday March 11 - 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 8 - 4:30pm
    • 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.
  • Friday April 9 - 4pm
    • 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
  • 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.

The Skills Canada National Competition will take place from May 25th to May 30th for competitors. A public event using the vFairs platform will take place on June 15th.

 

Changelog

  • 2021-03-31 - The registration deadline has been changed from April 1st to April 8th at 4:30pm. The Skills Canada National Competition will take place from May 25th to May 30th for competitors. A public event using the vFairs platform will take place on June 15th.
  • 2021-03-10 - The date for 2D Character Animation and 3D Character Animation has changed.
  • 2021-03-09 - The date for the Web Design and Development contest has changed. Auto Collision Repair will now require a supervisor.
  • 2021-02-25 - The cancellation deadline has been moved to March 11th.
  • 2021-02-22 - Aesthetics, Auto Collision Repair, Auto Service Technology and Electronics will not require a supervisor, while Precision Machining will require a supervisor.
  • 2021-02-03 - Culinary Arts will require a mandatory supervisor.
  • 2021-02-02 - A change has been made to the ‘Major Changes’ section to clarify that the while the majority of Elementary Challenges will not be live, there will be two challenges with a live component, but not recorded.
  • 2021-02-01 - Dates have been added for the remaining contests. A 'Supervisor' and 'Event Format' section have been added to the Guide. The list of contests has been updated to include which ones require a supervisor.
  • 2021-01-31 - Electrical Installations has been cancelled.
  • 2021-01-28 - The Character Animation Challenge (4-6 and 7-8) has been cancelled.
  • 2021-01-27 - The dates for 2D & 3D Character Animation have been added.
  • 2021-01-26 - The date for Prepared Speech has been added.
  • 2021-01-24 - Individual student registration will tentatively begin on February 18th, 2021.
  • 2021-01-21 - The date for Architectural Technology & Design has been added.
  • 2021-01-18 - The dates for the majority of contests have been added.
  • 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.

The Skills Canada National Competition will take place from May 25th to May 30th for competitors. A public event using the vFairs platform will take place on June 15th