Every student is required to complete 40 hours of community involvement in order to receive his/her diploma. Students can start accumulating community involvement hours in the summer before they enter Grade 9.
The purpose is to encourage students to develop an understanding of the various roles they can play in their community and to help them develop a greater sense of belonging
Some students may wish to complete more than 40 hours. Contact Guidance for more information about eligible activities and the process of recording your community involvement hours.
This is important information for all graduating students who have not completed their Community Involvement Hours.
the 2021-22 school year, the Ministry of Education has made some
temporary changes to the community involvement graduation policy to make
it easier for students to earn their volunteer hours given the
challenges related to COVID-19
The number of hours required to graduate has been reduced to 20 and some restrictions have been waived.
For this school year:
Students 14 years and older can count up to 10 hours from paid
employment toward their volunteer hours if they submit a reflection
indicating how their work contributed to the service of others.
following list provides some examples of flexible ways’ students could
earn community involvement hours in keeping with the purpose of the
policy, which is to encourage students to develop awareness and
understanding of civic responsibility and of the role they can play and
the contributions they can make in supporting and strengthening their
· Providing tutoring and mentorship supports through:
o Virtual tutoring to help students with reading, communication and/or other skills
o Teaching online music or dance lessons
o Hosting art classes for younger students
o Assisting siblings and/or younger students with online learning and schoolwork
· Connecting with and supporting seniors by:
Conversing with seniors virtually, for example, acting as technology
mentors or providing a regular check-in to address isolation and build
o Joining or creating a letter-writing campaign to seniors
o Delivering groceries to elderly/immunocompromised neighbours
· Supports for families, neighbourhoods and community initiatives:
o Supporting a family by walking a younger child to and from school
o Participating in donation pick-ups for not-for-profit organizations
o Coordinating a donation event with a local organization such as a shelter
o Facilitating discussions with newcomer youth or families to help them learn about their new community
o Sewing masks to donate to social agencies
o Shoveling snow and/or performing yard work for a family or neighbour’s family due to extenuating circumstances
o Taking part in neighbourhood litter-pick-up hour
· Utilizing social media to connect with their community by:
o Organizing a virtual reading or math activity for their feeder elementary schools
o Creating a transition support video for Grade 8 students
o Doing a musical performance that could provide entertainment for seniors
o Encouraging people to donate through various social media platforms to food banks or other not-for-profit organizations
o Creating a flyer for promotion on social media for a local cause
There are also some virtual volunteering opportunities available;
students can come to the Guidance office for more information.
also remember to check the Community Involvement Board Posted Outside of Guidance
hand in your completed Community Involvement Hours form to the guidance
office. Forms are also available there.
Resources and Forms