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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: Students are able to start accumulating community involvement hours in the summer before they enter grade 9.

Volunteer Opportunities

Search for volunteer opportunities  in Guelph-Wellington and find out more about the services offered by the People and Information Network:

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

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).

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: 

All students are to continue to use the Community Involvement Activity Notification Form.

Question and Answer

Commonly asked questions about the Community Involvement Program and their answers.

UGDSB Community Involvement Guide