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Community Involvement Hours

Community Involvement


Link for tracking volunteer hours:

2023 Community Hours Tracking Sheet

Eligible Activities
SERVICE CLUBS: run celebrity games, special events and walk-a-thons
SPORTS/RECREATION: coach children; volunteer refereeing in charity games; run Special Olympics and summer games; be a leisure buddy
COMMUNITY EVENTS: assist with winter carnival; organize parades and fall fairs
ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS: participate in community cleanup, tree planting and recycling programs
VOLUNTEERING FOR SENIORS: help with crafts or reading; remove snow and clean up homes and yards
COMMUNITY PROJECTS: help at food banks and hospitals; provide support services for the housebound or the disabled; participate at humane societies
RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES: organize youth activities; teach or help with children’s programs and classes; lead special events, assist with clerical tasks
COMMITTEES: take a role on advisory boards, neighbourhood associations and regional associations
HIGH SCHOOL: participate in tutoring; organize fund-raising, environmental projects, and special events approved by the Principal
CLUBS AND YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS: volunteer in or lead activities organized by these groups
CHILDREN/YOUTH: help at drop-in centres, breakfast clubs, after-school and March-break programs; help in summer games, playgrounds, camps and
child-care centres ARTS/CULTURE: assist in galleries, libraries, theatres, museums and heritage sites
STUDENT PROPOSALS: take leadership roles or assist with civic projects
Ineligible Activities
An ineligible activity is an activity that:
X is a requirement of a class, course, or program in which the student is enrolled (e.g., cooperative education course, experiential learning activities)
X takes place during the time allotted for the instructional program on a school day. However, an activity that takes place during the student’s lunch breaks or “spare”
periods is
X contravenes the minimum age requirements to work in or visit a workplace stated in regulations made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act
X contravenes any other applicable legislation, regulation or policy
X contravenes the policies and procedures of the organization that is supervising the student’s community involvement activities
X would normally be performed for wages by a person in the workplace
X involves the operation of a vehicle, power tools, or scaffolding
X involves the administration of any type or form of medication or medical procedure to other persons
X involves handling of substances classed as “designated substances” under the Occupational Health and Safety Act
X requires the knowledge of a tradesperson whose trade is regulated by the provincial government
X involves banking, the handling of securities, or the handling of valuable items such as jewellery, works of art, or antiques
X consists of duties normally performed in the home (i.e., daily chores) or personal recreational activities
X involves activities for a court-ordered program (e.g., community-service program for young offenders, probationary program)
X involves activities that promote discrimination, harassment, or puts the safety of the student or others at risk.
The Ministry of Education provides direction for the Community Involvement Hours Requirement of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma
through Policy (PPM) 124. For more information on this, please go to Students and families can also refer to the UGDSB Website for updates on Community Involvement Hours at: