Every student is required to participate in community involvement and submit their hours in order to receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Students may 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 play in their community and to help develop a greater sense of belonging.
*Note – for students who are graduating in the 2021-2022 school year, the Ministry of Education reduced the graduation requirement to a minimum of 20 hours of community involvement activities. The community involvement graduation requirement of 40 hours will be restored in 2022-2023.
Students are encouraged to choose an activity of interest or try out a future career area. Some students may wish to complete more than the required hours, especially in a particular area of interest or destination pathway. Contact your secondary school’s Guidance Department for more information about eligible activities, and the process for recording community involvement hours.
Parents should help their child select community involvement activities and are also encouraged to contact the community sponsor and the school with questions or concerns.
With the help of parents, students select an appropriate activity. If the activity is not on the list of approved activities (see list below), the school principal must sign a “Notification of Planned Community Involvement Activities” form before you begin earning your hours. Students then must complete and submit the Community Involvement Form. Principals are responsible for sharing information with parents, students, and community sponsors as well as ensuring that completed community involvement hours are entered on the student’s official transcript.
The activities listed below are approved by Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) for completion of the community involvement requirement:
Students must discuss with the principal any activities not listed above before starting a volunteer activity in order for time to count toward the total hours.
Ministry of Education list of activities not eligible for community hours include: