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Welcome to the York Region Skills Challenge!
Welcome to the York Region Skills Challenge!

The YRSC is an opportunity for students to come together from across York Region Elementary and Secondary schools where they will have the opportunity to compete against fellow students in a skills-based challenges.  These student competitors will showcase their skills and talents in individual or team based competitions while building confidence and experience in a personal area of interest.​

Events for 2020-21 are cancelled due to the Covid-19 restrictions.  ​Below are past events and we hope to resume this opportunity for students in future.


Secondary Transportation 2019-20   

This competition will provide competitors with the opportunity to demonstrate, through practical and theoretical application, their skills and task knowledge in the automotive industry.  This experience will challenge the competitors to explore the trade of an Automotive Service Technician​ through authentic automotive repair challenges.​ ​Registration through a teacher from October 24th to November 8th, 2019.​


​Date ​Location
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 Markham District H.S.

Elementary Robotics   2019-20

Associated with the York Region Skills Challenge, Elementary Robotics (Grades 4-8) will begin with five area qualifier competitions in January 2020.  Schools may select one location of their choice and will be limited to 2 teams per school; junior (grades 4-6) and/or intermediate (grades 7-8).  School registration is open from September 10, 2019-October 1, 2019. ​ Top teams from the qualifiers will advance to the YRSC at Humber College on February 27, 2020.

Elementary Robotics Area Locations*:
​Date ​            Location
Thursday, January 9,  2020             Hartman P.S.
Wednesday, ​January 15, 2020 ​            Thornhill Woods P.S.
Tuesday, ​January 21, 2020             Black River P.S.
ThursdayJanuary 23, 2020 ​            Barbara Reid P.S. 
​Tuesday, January 28, 2020 ​            Nobleton P.S.

*Top teams from each of the regional competitions will be invited to attend the York Region Skills Challenge (YRSC) 


York Region Skills Challenge (YRSC) - Elementary and Secondary Events 2019-2020

Schools have the opportunity to express their commitment to skills-based education while supporting their students in one or more of the 30+ challenge events.  Challenges are offered for students in grades 4-6, grades 7-8 and secondary grades (9-12). ​​


Date ​Location ​Event Type
​​​Tuesday, February 25, 20​20 Seneca College, Newnham Campus​ ​Elementary and Secondary Events
​Thursday, February 27, 2020 ​Humber College, North Campus ​Elementary and Secondary Events

All students who participate in YRSC will receive a medal of participation at the end of the day’s events. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners to recognize their distinct achievement.  Gold medal winners of most competitions advance to compete provincially at the Skills Ontario Competition from May 4-6, 2020 at the Toronto Congress Centre.  

Skills Ontario Competitions (SOC) - Elementary and Secondary Events ​2019-2020

The provincial SOC competition this year will take place at the Toronto Congress Centre from May 4-6, 2020. The top team from YRSC may represent York Region District School Board at the Skills Ontario Competition. A qualifying competition that takes place at Humber College, Saturday, April 4, 2020 applies to some challenges.​


Date​​ ​Location ​​Event Type
Saturday, April 4, 2020 Humber College Qualification Compeition for SOC (limited events*)
Monday, May 4, 2020
​Toronto Congress Centre ​SOC - Elementary Events & Secondary 2-day Events**
​Tuesday, May 5, 2020 ​Toronto Congress Centre ​SOC - Secondary Events 

* Qualification Events:  Culinary, Carpentry Individual TV/Video Production, Welding​.  Top 3 winners at Humber will qualify to compete in their event at the Skills Ontario Competition at the Toronto Congress Centre.  

** Secondary, 2-day Events:  Home Team Build and Secondary Robotics


Further information about the Skills Ontario Competition can be found at Skills Ontario​.

Gold medal winners of the some secondary competitions at the Skills Ontario Competition advance to the National Skills Competitions in some secondary events to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, May 28-29, 2020.   Please visit the Skills Canada website for more details.


​SHSM & Skills Ontario Events

Secondary students enrolled in the Specialist High Skills Major Program (SHSM) can earn possible certi​ficates and/or experiential learning towards their SHSM designation.  Speak to your school SHSM team for further information and further information can be provided in the SHSM-Skills Chart on the resources page. 


 Students interested in participating in the YRDSB Sk​ills Challenge must be registered by a supporting teacher.  Registration opens in the fall.  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ 

For information on Skills Canada-Ontario or York Region Skills Challenge (YRSC) events and activities, please contact Reshma Badiani​, Curriculum Consultant, CLL Newmarket905-727-0022, ext. 3369.​​​​​

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