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).
*The number of community involvement hours has been reduced for students graduating in the 2021-2022 school year. These students need to earn a minimum of 20 hours.
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.
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 Waterloo Region for a listing of available community involvement opportunities.
How Do I Submit My Community Involvement Hours?
Community involvement hours are to be submitted by students using the online form available via the MyWay portal. Look for the link at the top of the page once you sign-in.
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.