Community Involvement Hours
As stated in Ontario Secondary Schools, Grades 9 to 12: Program and Diploma Requirements, every student must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities as part of the requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
The purpose of the community involvement requirement is to encourage students to develop awareness and understanding of civic responsibility and of the role they can play and the contributions they can make in supporting and strengthening their communities.
NOTE: Students are able to start accumulating community involvement hours in the summer before they enter grade 9.
Community Involvement Hours must be completed and submitted to Student Services/Guidance by May 1st of your graduating year.
Community Involvement Changes for the 2021-2022 School Year
*THE NUMBER OF HOURS REQUIRED FOR STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2022 HAS BEEN REDUCED TO 2O HOURS.
Summary of Changes for 2020-2022
- Students can now earn hours for helping out during the school day (but not missing school) and for duties normally performed in the home (e.g., walking a younger child to and from school, helping younger siblings with school work).
- Students aged 14 years and older can count up to a maximum of 10 hours from paid employment towards their earned hours. Students counting paid employment towards their graduation requirement will be required to complete a reflection exercise indicating how their work contributed to the service of others (on the revised Community Involvement Activity Notification Form)
Community Involvement Tracking Form (2021 – 2022 form)
Each student must maintain a record of the Community Involvement activity, ensuring that the Community Involvement Activity Notification and Completion form is correct and signed by a parent/guardian, and the Community Sponsor(s). Extra copies of this form can be found in the file folder at the front desk in Guidance.
Once a student has completed a volunteer activity, complete the form (above) and drop off in the Student Services/ Guidance office.
Frequently Asked Questions
To assist students, parents and sponsors with the Community Involvement Requirement, the Upper Grand District School Board has compiled information about frequently asked questions.
Click HERE to view this information.
Where Can I Volunteer?
Volunteer Dufferin builds community participation by connecting the skills and supports of Dufferin residents to all kinds of organizations and groups who need them.
SPARK Ontario is “forging new pathways in volunteering and inviting more Ontarians to join the circle of community.”
Check out the Local Volunteer Opportunities posted on the window outside of Guidance.