All high schools students must complete 40 hours of community involvement by the time they graduate from Grade 12. Students may begin to accumulate volunteer hours in the summer between Grade 8 and Grade 9. Please refer to the
slide deck on Community Involvement Hours for an overview of this graduation requirement.
The flexibility provided during 2022/2023 for Community Involvement Activities is no longer in effect as of September 1, 2023 . The Ministry has reverted back to the original guidelines for these activities. Students that completed activities prior to September 1, 2023 that were allowed under COVID-19 accommodations will be counted.
Why Community Hours?
Community hours encourages awareness of civic responsibility, and gives the students opportunities to make valuable contributions to their communities.
- Graduation requirement
- Encourage civic engagement
- Valuable contribution to your community
- Develop skills (e.g., communication, interpersonal)
- Explore interests and connection to pathway and career opportunities
- Community Involvement is designed to benefit the community
Must complete hours outside of class time
Must not be part of a credit course
Must be activities completed in the community to benefit others
Must be unpaid activities
Must not replace the role of a worker that would normally receive wages
Must be completed by end of Grade 12
Provide help to their child when they are selecting community hours and contact the community sponsor and school principal with any questions and concerns
Sign the required document if your child is under 18
Parents help select activities that take into account the following requirements:
Location of activity and hours of operation
Health and safety
Work force type
See this page for
Guidelines on Eligible and Ineligible Activities
How to Find Community Involvement Opportunities
- Please look at the Secondary school guidance office bulletin board announcements or visit Volunteer Halton
Students must complete the Notification of Planned Activity on the
Record of Community Involvement Hours document which is available from their home school and then submit to their teacher advisor.
Steps to Completing the hours
Tips for Success
- Begin Early: Students can begin their community involvement hours the summer after grade 8
- Be Professional: Be on time Dress appropriately Listen to instructions
- Be Safe: Ask for help if in doubt
- Ensure Eligibility: Confirm
eligibility of activity in advance Note: Guidance departments are closed during the summer
- Submit Paperwork: Submit paperwork for each activity as it is completed
- Complete early: It is recommended that you complete your 40 community involvement hours before you begin grade 11
Persons and organizations in the community can be asked by the student to sponsor a community involvement activity. It is crucial that students are able to fulfill their community involvement activities in a safe environment. Any training, equipment, or special preparation that is required for the activity should be provided by the person or organization. The person overseeing the student's activity must verify the date(s) and the number of hours completed on the
Record of Community Involvement Hours document.
liability insurance will protect the students and the community sponsors that may arise from the students’ activities in the community involvement program for the 40 hours required.