Community Service Requirements

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

Purpose of Community Involvement

  • to encourage students to develop awareness and understanding of civic responsibility;
  • to increase awareness of the role students 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.

Key Information

Students may complete the requirement at any time starting the summer after Grade 8 and ending before graduation.  This requirement is to be completed outside the student’s normal school instructional hours and in a variety of settings.  Students may not complete the hours through activities that are counted towards a credit, through paid work, or by assuming duties normally performed by a paid employee.

Check out the Volunteer Action Centre for a listing of available community involvement opportunities.

How Do I Submit My Community Involvement Hours?

Fill out a Community Involvement Tracking Record Sheet, which is available in the Main Office, complete with the Community Sponsor’s signature.

Submit the Tracking Record Sheet to your homeroom teacher during the specified time.  All students are asked to sign a sheet attesting to the number of hours they are submitting, during that specified time.  Students may submit the hours as they are completed versus waiting until all 40 hours are done.

For more information on the community involvement requirement, eligible community involvement activities, and to access the Community Involvement Manual and the Activity Tracking Record click on the links below or visit the Waterloo Region District School Board website.