Community Involvement Hours

All students in Ontario must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement as part of the secondary school diploma requirements. The purpose of this requirement is to encourage students to develop an 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. Students will plan and select their community involvement activities in consultation with their parents and as part of the Individual Pathways Plan process. Community involvement activities submitted as a requirement for graduation are subject to approval by the administration at your secondary school.

Please note that Community Involvement Hours must fall into one of these categories:

Not-for-profit: includes voluntary activities for any non-for profit institution or foundation that would not displace a paid worker.

For-profit: includes voluntary activities that are charitable-based for any business or organization that would not displace a paid worker. If volunteers are enhancing the product/service being sold by a for-profit business, to make it more attractive and/or a better experience for clients, then it is not in keeping with the spirit of community service and would not be an approved activity.

Other: community support that you feel warrants consideration.  In this case, please submit a brief written summary to your secondary school that explains how this experience meets the spirit and expectations of Community Involvement as identified above.

If students are considering any of the activities that would fall into the second or third category above, approval by the principal or a designate at your high school is required. Download the Community Involvement Notification and Activity Completion Sheet.

Discover Volunteer Opportunities in Ottawa 
One of the best resources for a quick list of student volunteer opportunities can be found at Volunteer Ottawa. Visit their website or call 613-736-5270 to learn more. 

Here are a few national volunteer sites that often carry youth volunteer opportunities in the Ottawa area: 

You may also complete your 40 hours of community involvement in a more informal manner by assisting neighbours in a volunteer capacity – just check with your guidance counsellor for a complete list of eligible activities.

Before starting your volunteer activity please download the Community Involvement Notification and Activity Completion Sheet and obtain the approval of your school Principal/designate.

Community Involvement Forms are also available at your school. Completed forms must be signed and submitted to your secondary school to ensure your community involvement hours are recorded.


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