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Community Involvement 40 Hours

Did you know you must complete 40 hours of volunteer work to graduate?

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.

Community Service

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.

What students need to know (brochure)


What parents need to know (brochure)


What community agencies need to know

Your Time Counts activity record (brochure)

For more information on the Your Time Counts program, please contact your guidance counsellor.

​40 Hours - Community Involvement Activity Record Form.pdf


Ministry guidelines have established eligible and ineligible activities for the community involvement requirement. The organization you are volunteering for must meet the following criteria listed below.


 

Eligible ActivitiesIneligible Activities
• supports not-for-profit agencies, institutions or foundations.• student activities that displace paid workers
• structured programs to promote tutoring, mentoring, visiting and coaching.

• any activity that normally requires pay (for example, babysitting).

 

• supports work that is global in nature.

• Take Our Kids to Work experience

 

• promotes environmental awareness.• any required activities of a course or program in which a student can earn a credit.
• promotes and contributes to the health and wellbeing of any group.• activities that are family responsibilities (for example, regular chores).
• affiliated with a club, religious organization, arts, cultural association, or political organization with the goal of making a positive contribution to the community.

• court-ordered community service programs.

• any student under 14 in any working environment (except health and residential care environments).  

 

• any activity that provides direct financial revenue or gain to the student or to the student's immediate family.

• any association with an organization or activity that does not comply with the policies of the ministry, the Peel board and human rights legislation.

 

Here are some great places to start looking for volunteer opportunities:

Many organizations are offering online volunteering opportunities.  We encourage you to participate in online volunteering through:


https://www.sparkontario.ca

www.volunteermbc.orga volunteer centre that promotes volunteering within Peel region and offers a volunteer referral service for all ages. Phone: 905-238-2622


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