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Community Involvement

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.

To assist students, parents and sponsors with this requirement, the Upper Grand District School Board has compiled information and links on this site – simply click on the links below.

NOTE: Effective July 1, 2011, students are able to start accumulating community involvement hours in the summer before they enter Grade 9.

Community Involvement Form Activity Notification And Completion

To submit your Community Involvement Hours form, you may drop it off in Guidance or take a clear picture of your form and email it to Ms. Moisan by clicking the Submit here button.

Volunteer Opportunities

Downey Animal Hospital is looking for volunteers – 519-265-8387 [email protected]

City of Guelph 

Snow Angels from pin

Guelph Youth Council

Homewood Gift Shop

Homewood Cafe

Village of Riverside Glen

The West Village Community Development Co-operative in Guelph invites 10-12 high school co-op students to experience urban farming.  The co-operative urban farm is located at Castlebury Park near Paisley Rd and Stephanie Drive, west of the Hanlon Expressway.  Bus access is along Guelph Transit Route 10.  Activities will include planting and maintaining vegetable beds, harvesting fresh vegetables, and the sale of produce in a small community market at Mitchell Woods PS (Guelph Transit routes 10,17, 18 and 20).

This would attract students interested in green industries, farming and gardening, sustainable environment, marketing as well as those interested in a mostly outdoor placement.

For more information, please contact Ralf Mesenbrink at 519-841-3476 or Christine Clarke at [email protected]  or 519-826-9930

Starts With One Canada

Search for volunteer opportunities and find out more about the services offered by the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington. Check out the Volunteer tab on our website.

Looking for volunteer opportunities in Dufferin County? Visit Volunteer Dufferin:

Please note the for the 2022/23 school year the following previously ineligible activities continue to be eligible:

Some Suggestions of Resources to find Community Involvement Hour Opportunities: 

As well, here are some examples of ways to support your community while adhering to social distancing guidelines:

Keep a Record

Each student maintains a record of the Community Involvement activity, ensuring that the Community Involvement Form Activity Notification And Completion (PDF) is correct and signed by a parent/guardian, and the Community Sponsor(s).