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arrow Employment Destination Certificate Requirements

arrow Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC)

arrow Certificate of Accomplishment

arrow Provincial Literacy Test (OSSLT) & Literacy Course (OSSLC)

arrow Community Involvement


Diploma requirements (OSSD)

What do you need to graduate?

18 compulsory credits
Students must earn the following compulsory credits to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma:
Credits in English (1 credit per grade)*        
Credits in mathematics (1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)     ..................
Credits in science    
Credit in Canadian History  
Credit in Canadian geography  
Credit in the arts  
Credit in health and physical education  
Credit in French as a second language  
Credit in career studies  
Credit in civics  
Plus on credit from each of the following groups:


GROUP 1: additional credit in English, or French as a second language, ** or a Native language, or a classical or an international language, or social sciences and the humanities, or Canadian and world studies, or guidance and career education, or cooperative education ***  
GROUP 2: additional credit in health and physical education, or the arts, or business studies, or French as a Second Language, ** or cooperative education ***  
GROUP 3: additional credit in Science (Grade 11 or 12), or technological education, or  French as a Second Language, computer studies, cooperative education ***  
In addition to the compulsory credits, students must complete 12 optional credits +
40 hours of community involvement activities .....................
the provincial literacy requirement .....................

* A maximum of 3 credits in English as a Second Language (ESL) or English literacy development (ELD) may be counted towards the 4 compulsory credits in English, but the fourth must be a credit earned for a Grade 12 compulsory English Course. **In groups 1, 2, and 3, a maximum of 2 credits in French as a Second Language can count as compulsory credits, one from group 1 and one from either group 2 or group 3. *** A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education can count as compulsory credits. + The 12 optional credits may include up to 4 credits earned through approved dual credit courses.

Employment Destinations Certificate Requirements

30 Courses

Students must successfully complete 30 Ministry of Education and/or K-(School Board) courses

In addition to the 30 courses, students must complete
Certifications in: And
First Aid   An employment portfolio  
Service Excellence  

400 hours of work experience

or 3 successful job evaluations

or 100 hours each

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)  
1 additionally job specific certification  


Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC)

The Ontario Secondary School Certificate will be granted on request to students who leave school before earning the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, provided they have earned a minimum of 14 credits distributed as follows:

What do you need to get a Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC)?
  7 Compulsory Credits
credits in English
credit in Canadian geography or Canadian history
credit in mathematics
credit in science
credit in health and physical education
credit in the arts or technological education
  Optional credits (total 7)
    Selection of optional courses will be determined by the student's planned career destination. Consultation with parents/guardians, classroom teachers and guidance teachers will help students determine the best optional courses for their educational goals


Certificate of Accomplishment

Students who leave school before fulfilling the requirements of the OSSD or the OSSC may be granted a Certificate of Accomplishment.  The Certificate of Accomplishment may be a useful means of recognizing achievement for students who plan to take certain vocational programs or other kinds of further training, and who plan to find employment after leaving school.

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)

The purpose of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is to ensure that students have acquired the essential reading and writing skills that apply to all subject areas in the provincial curriculum up to the end of Grade 9.  All students in public and private schools who are working toward an Ontario Secondary School Diploma are required to write the OSLT in Grade 10. The test is administered at the end of March each year.

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC)

Students who have been eligible to write the OSSLT at least twice have been unsuccessful at least once are eligible to fulfill the requirement through the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC).  Principals have the discretion to allow students to enroll in the course before they have a second opportunity to take the test, if the principal determines that it is the best educational interest of the student (Ministry of Education Policy/Program Memorandum 127). Successful completion of the OSSLT or OSSLC is a graduation requirement.

Grade 12 OPEN -


This course is designed to help students acquire and demonstrate the cross-curricular literacy skills that are evaluated by the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Text (OSSLT). Students who complete the course successfully will meet the provincial literacy requirement for graduation.  Students will read a variety of informational, narrative, and graphic texts and will produce a variety of forms of writing, including summaries, information paragraphs, opinion pieces, and news reports. Students will also maintain and manage a portfolio containing a record of their reading experiences and samples of their writing.

Additional information about the OSSLC

Students who successfully complete this course will have met the provincial literacy requirement for graduation, and will earn one credit. The credit earned for successful completion of the OSSLC may be used to meet either the Grade 12 English compulsory credit requirement or the Group 1 additional compulsory credit requirement.

Community Involvement

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Toll-free: +1 800 267-4350
Phone: +1 613 966-1170
Fax: +1 613 961-2003

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