Community Hours / Volunteer Hours

General Information:

Every secondary school student must complete a minimum of 40 hours of Community Involvement activities as one of the requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).


  • to encourage students to develop awareness and understanding of civic responsibility
  • to increase awareness of the role they can play and gain satisfaction from the contribution they can make in supporting and strengthening their communities
  • to develop a positive image and a greater sense of identity within the community


  • Early completion of the 40 hours of Community Involvement is strongly recommended.
  • Students may complete the requirement at any time starting in the summer before they start Grade 9 and finishing before May of their graduation year
  • Students may complete one activity of 40 hours, or several activities which add up to 40 hours.
  • Students under the age of 18 years should plan and select their activities in consultation with their parents.

The 40 hours must be completed outside of scheduled class time:

  • during the lunch hour
  • in the evening
  • during the summer
  • on the weekends
  • during school holidays
  • during school suspensions/expulsions