York Region Skills Challenge (YRSC)

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Welcome to the York Region Skills Challenge (YRSC)!

These events bring together students from across York Region elementary and secondary schools to compete against fellow students in skills-based challenges. Students showcase their skills and talents in individual or team competitions while building confidence and experience in areas that interest them. 


Students compete in the 2019 York Region Skills Challenge
Watch our students compete in the transportation challenge events
Students share their experiences with the elementary robotics challenges

There are several different skills challenge events open to elementary and/or secondary students:


Secondary Transportation

Competitors demonstrate their skills and knowledge in the automotive industry, through practical and theoretical applications.  Competitors explore the trade of an Automotive Service Technician​ through authentic automotive repair challenges.​ ​

​Registration Opens in late Fall through the YRDSB school.

Secondary Transportation Challenge Dates and Locations
Tuesday, November 26, 2019Markham District H.S. 


Elementary Robotics

Elementary Robotics (Grades 4-8) begins with five area qualifier competitions in January of the school year.

Schools select one location of their choice and can send up to two teams per school: junior (grades 4-6) and/or intermediate (grades 7-8).

School registration is open from in September -October. ​ Top teams from the qualifiers will advance to the York Region Skills Challenge scheduled in February/March of the school year.

Elementary Robotics Area Dates and 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.
​Thursday, January 23, 2020​            Barbara Reid P.S. 
​Tuesday, January 28, 2020​            Nobleton P.S.


York Region Skills Challenge - Elementary and Secondary Events

Students compete in one or more of the 30+ challenge events. Challenges are offered for students in:

  • Grades 4-6
  • Grades 7-8
  • Grades 9-12 ​​

​​All students who participate 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 in May at the Toronto Congress Centre.

York Region Skills Challenge Dates and Locations
Date​Location​Event Type
​​​Tuesday, February 25, 20​20Seneca College, Newnham Campus​​Elementary and Secondary Events
​Thursday, February 27, 2020​Humber College, North Campus​Elementary and Secondary Events


Skills Ontario Competitions 

The provincial Skills Ontario Competition (SOC) this year will be virtual this year and take place between April 21-May 7, 2021.

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, in early April applies to some challenges.​

Date​​​Location​​Event Type
Cancelled for 2021Humber CollegeQualification Competition for SOC (limited events*)
April 18-May 7, 2021
​Virtual​SOC - Elementary Events & Secondary 2-day Events**
​April 18-May 7, 2021​Virtual​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

Gold medal winners of some secondary competitions at the Skills Ontario Competition advance to the National Skills Competitions in some secondary events to be held virtually in 2021. Please visit the Skills Canada website for more details.


​Specialist High Skills Major and 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.


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

For More Information

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