Community Service Hours 

Students are required to complete a minimum 40 hours of community involvement activities as part of the requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students working towards their OSSD should make sure they meet these graduation requirements in time for their graduating year.

Students can start accumulating their community involvement hours in the summer before entering Grade 9.

Students who are looking for community involvement opportunities should:

Students under 18 years old should consult with their parents to plan and select their community involvement activities, according to ministry guidelines. Students should also speak to their guidance counsellor or principal about other ways their school could allow them to earn community involvement hours this year.

The community involvement requirement is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop awareness and understanding about civic responsibility. 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.

You can pick up a paper volunteer hours tracking sheet from the guidance office, or click the link below to download a copy

CSH Tracking Sheet.pdf

Please check the volunteer board by guidance or your grade D2L page for updates on possible volunteer opportunities. 

Eligible Volunteer Activities


A list of eligible activities has been established by the SCDSB in consultation with the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) and insurance experts. Activities include:

  • assistance to seniors
  • environmental projects
  • sports and recreation activities
  • working with charitable and service organizations
  • working in health facilities
  • community or specific school-related activities

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