The Contest is CLOSED.  Congratulations to Angeliki Argyrakos for her winning video 'Unions fight for fairness'!  Our runner up is Nadine MacKinnon with her video 'Together fairness works'

One Minute to Tell the World

  • how unions stand up for fairness,
  • how unions deliver good jobs and better lives,
  • how unions work for a better deal for everyone.

What does "Fairness Works" mean for you,
your family and your community?

Top Videos of 2014

Fairness to kids

Together fairness works

Unions fight for fairness

Fairness animation

A better deal..

The finalists were selected by our judges and then the public voted for their favourite videos. The objective was to come up with the best message and best video in just under a minute about how unions stand up for fairness, how unions deliver good jobs and better lives, how unions fight for a better deal for everyone. What does Fairness Works! mean for you, your family and your community?

We would like to thank all those who submitted videos to our One Minute Message Video Contest. This year in particular, we received a high calibre of submissions and will be using many of these to promote our 'Fairness' campaign. 

Spread the word

Did You Know

Being able to take time away from work for the other things that matter in life is important. It's part of a work-life balance that makes for a healthy and productive workforce – and better lives for everyone.  Should Canadians get more vacation time than the two to three weeks provided by labour standards today? We think so. That’s why the labour movement negotiates for paid vacation time that grows over time, and why the labour movement works to ensure everyone gets the time off they’ve earned.


Your video must be no shorter than 45 seconds and no longer than 60 seconds. This includes any titles, introduction, credits, etc. – it’s the total run-time that counts.

Any video you enter must be solely your own original material (visual and audio) or material that you have the right to use.

Videos may be in English or French. If you use other languages, you must include subtitles in English or French.

All video entries must be in accordance with the full terms and conditions of the contest. Contest administrators reserve the right to reject any submission deemed inappropriate (whether obscene, offensive, hateful, libelous, off-topic, too long, too short, of poor quality, etc.)

The winning video, as well as any video accepted for entry in the contest, may be used in future by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) to promote its work.

Submitted videos, once accepted, will be made available to our team of judges for scoring. The five videos with the highest scores, along with any “honourable mentions” the judges choose to identify, will be displayed through the contest web site. Only the five highest-scoring videos will become the contest finalists and will be eligible to win.

In the (unlikely) event of a tie, at any point in the contest, the winner will be chosen by the President of the Canadian Labour Congress.


Our judges have a vast experience in the areas of economics,
communications, public relations and activism.

Colleen Ayoup

Film Maker, Teacher, Vanier College, Montreal

Colleen Ayoup is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator from Montreal, Quebec. She has been engaged in media creation for nearly twenty years. After attending the Dawson Institute of Photography (Montreal), she worked as a commercial photographer for several years until the craving for different creative pursuits gave way. This desire led to two subsequent Bachelor degrees in Psychology/Film Studies and Film Production from Concordia University (Montreal) and, more recently, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Documentary Media from Ryerson University (Toronto).

Her short fiction films and documentary, Kings (2001), about drag-king culture in Montreal have toured festivals internationally. In 2004, she joined the National Film Board of Canada where she coordinated Doc Shop, a program designed to give emerging filmmakers an opportunity to learn trade skills from industry professionals, and produce a short documentary for broadcast on CBC. She also contributed to the development and creation of CitizenShift , the NFB’s first social-media website that she subsequently coordinated for five years. She currently teaches in the Communications department at Vanier College, in Montreal.

Gabriela Warrior Renaud

Community Manager and Producer, MediaStyle

Gabriela is currently working in Ottawa at MediaStyle, a digital public affairs agency, as a Community Manager and Producer. She is responsible for all external and internal social media properties, growing audiences and reinforcing relationships with the community. As a producer, she participates in all video and audio projects while also maintaining the MediaStyle Studio.

Gabriela came to MediaStyle as a graduate of Concordia University after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a specialization in film production. She has produced several short films prior to her career with MediaStyle, and has had her work shown in film festivals in Montreal. One of her films was awarded the prize of Best Experimental Film at the Montreal Student Film Festival. Her current video work produced at MediaStyle has garnered thousands of views on YouTube and has contributed to shed light on important political and social issues.

Ian Capstick

President, Mediastyle

Ian has over a decade of professional political and communications experience. He has worked for cabinet ministers and opposition members in the House of Commons, including some of Canada’s most colourful and influential political minds from both the New Democrats and Liberals. Ian is passionate about creating social change through communications. An experienced media coach, political tactician and engaging speaker he is quoted widely in Canada’s media.

He is a regular on Power & Politics on CBC News Channel and is a go-to source for comment on the changing world of communications. He was named Xtra Canada’s Political Activist of the Year in their annual Hero Awards. Ian sits on the Board of Directors for Forum for Young Canadians and chairs Ottawa’s LGBTQ Village committee. His opinion work has been published in the Ottawa Citizen, Globe and Mail and PostMedia newspapers across Canada. He has been featured on CTV National News, CBC’s The National and was on Global’s national election coverage team in 2011.

Tyler Pearce

Co-Founder at Stuffed Motion Video

Tyler Pearce is an entrepreneur and video producer located in Ottawa. Tyler's passion for technology and creative design lead him to attend the Interactive Multimedia & Design program at Carleton University where he started his first business in the web industry. After graduating, he and a fellow alumni embarked on a new endeavour to leverage their experience and passion for special effects and video post-production. The team founded Stuffed Motion Video, a video production company with a modern approach. Here they work with companies across Canada to tell their stories through the power of video. Stuffed Motion has grown steadily since its conception in 2012 and has produced videos for clients such as James Ready Beer, University of Ottawa, and Smoke's Poutinerie.

Contest Rules

You can submit as many entries as you want.

The competition is open to professional and amateur film makers, however the entrant must be the sole author and owner of the copyright and all other rights.

The competition is only open to individuals and organizations residing in Canada.

It is the legal responsibility of the entrant, and not the CLC, to ensure that they comply with these ownership and copyright and other rights requirements, that they own the rights to reproduction of their images and music and that the images and music which they submit are lawful and in accordance with these rules.

We make no claims on your copyright. However we will use the video to promote and publicize the CLC: by entering, you grant the CLC a non-exclusive, royalty-free licence to use the video for the competition and beyond.

Entries can only be made by completing the form on the official contest website, other entries will not be accepted.

The CLC cannot be held responsible for any entries that are not received.

The CLC reserves the right to refuse to accept any images that contain offensive or inappropriate content. The criteria for such content, is solely at the discretion of the CLC.

The maximum file size is as YouTube restricts.

The CLC cannot be held responsible for any entries that are removed by YouTube, according to the terms agreed to by the entrant when establishing their YouTube channel.

The official screen name for your video, which will appear alongside it should it make the finals (or honourable mentions) will be the title you submit on your application form, should it differ from the title that appears on your YouTube channel.

All entries must be received and accepted by the CLC by 16h00 EST (local Ottawa time) on March 14, 2014. No other entries will be accepted after that time.

By entering this competition, prize winners agree to their success being publicized by the CLC.

By claiming the prize, the winner authorizes the use, without additional compensation, of his or her name and/or likeness and/or voice/photograph and city of residence for promotion and/or advertising purposes in any manner and in any medium (including without limitation, radio broadcasts, newspapers and other publications and in television or film releases, slides, videotape, distribution over the Internet and picture date storage) which the CLC may deem appropriate.

Competitors agree to allow the CLC the rights in perpetuity, to use any submitted image for promotional purposes of this competition in any media format and to alter, crop, montage those images with the consent of the contributor.

The CLC, as well as its staff or the contest judges, will not be held responsible or liable for the content of submissions to the contest.

The CLC’s decision is final in every situation, including any not covered in the terms above.

Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition.

Did You Know

Getting paid less because you’re not related to the boss isn’t fair. Neither is getting paid less because of your gender, race or age. The labour movement has been relentless on this issue and continues to negotiate forcefully with employers and lobby governments to deal with pay discrimination, low wages and barriers that stop people from working to their full potential (such as supports for people with disabilities and access to affordable child care for new parents).