Volunteer Hours

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.

Upcoming volunteer opportunities available to students are posted outside of the Guidance office or by visiting the Guidance website. 

 Volunteer Hours sheets can be located in the Main Office or the Guidance Office. 

Important Information regarding changes to Community Volunteer activities. Effective end of day, Friday, September 15th, 2023

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. By being involved in their communities and serving others, students can develop transferable skills and explore different sectors and potential career opportunities as well as deepening their understanding of their role in society.

Community involvement activities help to prepare students for work and civic life in a globalized, digital age. Community involvement is an important educational opportunity that allows students to develop skills and experiences gained to become successful and contributing members of society now and in the future.

Community involvement activities are part of the school's program and may take place in a variety of settings, including businesses, healthcare institutions including hospitals and long-term care facilities, not-for-profit organizations, public sector institutions including the offices of local, provincial or federal representatives, First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities or organizations, and informal settings, such as religious, cultural events and community activities.

Effective end of day, Friday, September 15, 2023 the following are considered ineligible activities. Please be advised that parents/guardians  will no longer be able to sign off as a supervisor for volunteer activities.

Ineligible activities

The ministry has developed a list of activities that may not be chosen as community involvement activities. These are referred to as ineligible activities.

An ineligible activity is an activity that:

  • is a requirement of a class, course, or program in which the student is enrolled (e.g., cooperative education course, experiential learning activities)

  • 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 permissible

  • would normally be performed for wages by a person in the workplace

  • involves the operation of a vehicle, power tools, or scaffolding

  • involves the administration of any type or form of medication or medical procedure to other persons

  • consists of duties normally performed in the home (i.e., daily chores) or personal recreational activities

  • involves activities for a court-ordered program (e.g., community-service program for young offenders, probationary program)

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