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Community Involvement - 40 hours of Community Service

Secondary school students are required to complete 40 hours of community involvement throughout their high school years as part of the secondary school diploma requirements. Hours may be completed in small amounts each year, or in larger amounts in selected activities over a shorter period of time. Students may begin to accumulate community involvement hours beginning in July of their Grade 9 year. The community involvement requirement is designed to encourage students to develop awareness and understanding of civic responsibility and the role they can play in supporting and strengthening their communities. Support is available for finding appropriate community involvement opportunities. Students must provide the required documentation of eligible hours (See Community Involvement Tracking Form).




arrow Eligible Activities

arrow Ineligible Activities

arrow Questions and Answers

arrow Community Involvement Activities - Tracking sheet (pdf

Community Involvement Brochure 2011

Eligible Activities

Within the student's school

arrow student council/sub committees: eg. Christmas Sharing, Student Trustee, Terry Fox Run
arrow school committees: eg. yearbook, Student Crime Stoppers
arrow organizing/assisting in school activities: eg. Grade 8 orientation, fundraising, coaching sports, parent’s night, Science Fair, art shows, technical crew or school productions

arrow ecoprojects: eg. school/comm unity clean-up, school/community restoration and beautification

arrow school/community initiatives: eg. food drives, Christmas Sharing

arrow non-credit peer assistance: eg. scribing, tutoring

arrow participation in conferences/training programs outside of school hours: eg. leadership/peer mediation

School Group
arrow supporting elementary school activities such as school yard clean-up, equipment room organization, reading buddies, coaching


arrow tasks required by neighbours in need of assistance: eg. shovelling snow, raking, gardening, shopping, companionship for seniors, reading, playing cards, tutoring, babysitting



arrow student participation/assistance in volunteer activities with a family member(s): eg. coaching, fundraising, environmental

arrow assisting relatives/family, friends in need: eg. grocery shopping, yard work, meal preparation, childcare

Agencies/Community Organizations

arrow church related volunteer activities

arrow community agencies/service clubs, volunteer opportunities which would be appropriate to student volunteers assisting
in: fund raising, community event organization, environmental projects, sports coaching, scouting, guiding, friendly visits: eg. community services, local food banks, United Way, 4-H Clubs, Meals on Wheels, hospitals, etc.


Ineligible Activities

The Ministry has developed a list of activities that may not be chosen as community involvement activities.

An ineligible activity is an activity that:

arrow is a requirement of a class or course in which the student is enrolled (eg. cooperative education portion of a course, job shadowing, work experience)

arrow takes place during the time allotted for the instructional program on a school day; however, an activity that takes place during the student’s lunch breaks or “spare” periods is permissible

arrow takes place in logging or mining environment, if the student is under sixteen years of age

arrow takes place in a factory, if the student is under fifteen years of age

arrow takes place in a workplace other than a factory, if the student is under fourteen years of age and is not accompanied by an adult

arrow would normally be performed for wages by a person in the workplace

arrow involves the operation of a vehicle, power tools, or scaffolding

arrow involves the administration of any type or form of medication or medical procedure to other persons

arrow involves handling of substances classed as “designated substances” under the Occupational Health and Safety Act

arrow requires the knowledge of a trades person whose trade is regulated by the provincial government

arrow involves banking or the handling of securities, or the handling of jewellery, works of art, antiques or other valuables

arrow consists of duties normally performed in the home (i.e., daily chores) or personal recreational activities

arrow involves a court-ordered program (eg. community-service program for young offenders, probationary program)

Activities which are normally classroom or credit requirements are disallowed and all activities completed must be unpaid. Activities may not take place during class instructional time; however, an activity that takes place during lunch, a spare, or during non-instructional time is eligible. Activities completed in the summer are eligible as long as the student has entered grade nine and has completed the notification of planned activities form.

Please note: Duties normally performed in the student’s home and those which are court ordered are also ineligible.


Questions and Answers

What are eligible and ineligible activities?

The Ministry of Education and the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board have developed two lists of activities. The List of
Eligible Activities
contains category headings and examples of activities. The List of Ineligible Activities indicates those activities which students may not use toward their required hours. Student safety was the primary concern in the Ministry’s development of the list of ineligible activities. (The list was developed in conjunction with OSBIE, the school board’s insurance carrier).

How are activities selected?

In consultation with their parents/guardians, students investigate and select one or more community involvement activities.  Please refer to the lists of eligible and ineligible activities as a guide to making an appropriate selection.

How will a record of completed activities be kept?

Students are responsible for keeping an accurate record of completed activities including the number of hours accumulated.

Once the student has submitted the tracking form, the school is responsible for keeping a record of completed hours.  The number of completed community involvement hours will be recorded on the student's report card.  Once 40 hours of community involvement have been completed. It will be recorded on the student's Ontario Student Transcript.

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