Community Involvement Hours

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) Graduation Requirement

Important Update: Amendments to the Community Involvement Hours for the 2020/21 school year during COVID-19.
All students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities as one of the requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students may begin to complete their volunteer hours on the first day of July after they leave grade 8.

Community involvement is more than a diploma requirement for our WCDSB students. The experience gained through community involvement allows students to grow in knowledge and appreciation of themselves and their God-given gifts, and to find meaning, dignity and vocation in work which respects the rights of all and contributes to the common good.

Additional Benefits of Community Involvement:

  • students are motivated and encouraged to develop awareness and understanding of civic responsibility;
  • increased awareness of the important role students play in supporting and strengthening their communities;
  • an opportunity for students to develop new skills and gain valuable work experience;
  • develop a positive image and greater sense of belonging within the community;
  • explore interests and connections to their future pathway;
  • secondary and post-secondary schools may acknowledge exemplary efforts with rewards and scholarships;
  • provides networking opportunities for future employment.

For more information on the community involvement OSSD requirement and eligible community involvement activities please visit your secondary school guidance office.

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