Did you know you must complete 40 hours of volunteer work to graduate?
All students must complete 40 hours of community involvement to graduate with the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. You can start accumulating hours in the summer before grade 9. Try to complete your 40 hours by the end of grade 10.
Think of volunteering as an opportunity to learn more about yourself and possible career opportunities. Gain self-confidence and work experience that will help you get jobs in the future.
Download a copy of the 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 Activities||Ineligible 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:
www.volunteermbc.org, a volunteer centre that promotes volunteering within Peel region and offers a volunteer referral service for all ages. Phone: 905-238-2622
What students need to know (brochure)
What parents need to know (brochure)
What community agencies need to know