Students entering grade 9 must complete 40 hours of volunteer work as one of the ministry requirements for their high school diploma. The aim is to encourage students to become actively involved in making positive contributions to their community. Students can now begin accumulating their 40 hours during the summer before they enter grade 9.
Students are encouraged to complete the 40 hours of community involvement as early as possible in high school--ideally by the end of grade 10. Ministry guidelines have established eligible and ineligible activities for the community involvement requirement. Students and parents must follow these guidelines.
Contact Volunteering Peel, a student-run organization that works with community groups and event organizers to provide volunteers where needed.
Contact Volunteer MBC, a volunteer centre that promotes volunteering within Peel region and offers a volunteer referral service for all ages. For more information, phone 905-238-2622 or visit www.volunteermbc.org.
For additional ideas on where you could earn your 40 hours, check out our volunteer job board.
For more information on the Your Time Counts program, please contact your guidance counsellor.