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Community Involvement Hours

As stated in Ontario Secondary Schools, Grades 9 to 12: Program and Diploma Requirements, every teens volunteeringstudent 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: Effective July 1, 2011, students are able to start accumulating community involvement hours in the summer before they enter grade 9.


NEW: Community Involvement Hours must be completed and submitted to Student Services/Guidance by May 1st of your graduating year.


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. 


Community Involvement Information Guide

The eligible and ineligible activities mandated by the government and decided upon by the board can be found here. Prior to completing a volunteer activity, make sure it is eligible to be counted toward community involvement hours.


Keep a Record

Each student maintains a record of the Community Involvement activity, ensuring that the Community Involvement Activity Notification and Completion form (PDF) 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 hand into Guidance. Optional: Record volunteer experience in My Blueprint.


Where Can I Volunteer?

Volunteer Dufferin

Volunteer Dufferin builds community participation by connecting the skills and supports of Dufferin residents to all kinds of organizations and groups who need them.

On this site, you will find the tools that will match Dufferin county residents with opportunities to make a contribution, close to home. You will find opportunities to volunteer with children, youth, families, seniors, sports, arts and culture organizations, service clubs, conservation, heritage, agricultural and many other groups that work to keep Dufferin a connected, vibrant and healthy community!

Click here for more information on Volunteer Dufferin and to view volunteer opportunities. 


Check out the Local Volunteer Opportunities posted on the window outside of Guidance.


Canadian Cancer Society

Click here to find out more about volunteer opportunities with the Canadian Cancer Society