Take Our Kids To Work Day

When will it take place?

Wednesday November 1, 2017

Why is this an important initiative?

Take Our Kids to Work has three main objectives:

  • To offer students a view of the work world and to give them an understanding of its demands and opportunities;
  • To allow students to see their parents or volunteer hosts in different roles and responsibilities and to understand what they do to support a family; and
  • To emphasize that education goes beyond the classroom and that the preparation of younger generations for the future is a community responsibility.
Why Grade 9 Students?
  • Provincial curriculum guidelines include career education at this level;
  • It is an opportune time to see the practical side of what they learn in school;
  • Grade 9 students make course selections that could have an impact on their futures; and
  • By asking critical questions they can make informed educational decisions.
Health and Safety?

Employers are required to register for the program and to implement fairly stringent safety and security measures. The program requires the University to take a zero-tolerance policy meaning that no infraction of a health or safety rule will be tolerated. Consequently, participation in the program will end for any child found not abiding by any of these rules and you as the parent or guardian will be notified to pick up the child.

Certain areas of the University will remain off-limits, unless under very strict guidance of a competent individual, provision of the required personal protective equipment, and provided the student not operate any mechanical, electrical or powered equipment at any time such as

  • High risk lab environments requiring the wearing of safety eyewear, lab coat, closed shoes, or dosimeter badges, or requiring any special vaccinations.
  • The Power Plant requiring the wearing of steel-toed boots, hearing protection.
  • Areas with higher risk mechanical, electrical equipment requiring the wearing of steel toed boots, hard hats, etc.

View the University's Health and Safety Policy 77,

For specific information on health and safety at the University of Ottawa, contact the Office of Risk Management (ORM) at 613-562-5892 or by safety@uottawa.ca

How do I participate?
  1. The employee wanting to accept a shadow should advise the Dean or Director and should register with the ORM at 613-562-5892. The Dean or Director can refuse the shadow if there is any concern over potential health or safety issues.
  2. Each parent must sign a waiver form identifying that they have received, read and understood the guide provided to them by their child's school. A copy of the consent form can be obtained from, and sent to Office of Risk Management.
  3. Parents must submit a signed permission form from the Learning Partnership (obtained from their child's school). A copy of the signed permission should be sent to the Office of Risk Management.
  4. The child must remain under the supervision of the employee or his/her delegate at all times while at the University.
  5. The parents and child must read the University Guide for the event.
  6. It is recommended that the child follow the WorkSmart training prior to attending.
  7. New for 2016 - find out everything you need to know about uOttawa! Our student ambassadors will lead you on a tour to discover campus buildings and services, and to share their experiences as students at uOttawa. Two tours are planned for November 2nd. To participate, please complete the online registration form. Make sure to check "Do you require special assistance?" and mention the "Take Our Kids to Work Day" activity. Activities will take place rain or shine!  
What Else Do I Need To Know?

Documentation regarding the program can be obtained from your child's school.

Information regarding Health and Safety at the University of Ottawa can be obtained from Office of Risk Management

Graham Nelson, 613-562-5800 ext. 2486
Céline Clément, 613-562-5800 ext. 3052

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