40 Hours for Students

Students will have to complete a mandatory 40 hours of civic engagement in order to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Whatever your interests, there is a volunteer opportunity out there for you.

  • We can help you find a matching volunteer opportunity that is right for you
  • Access Volunteer Now! in the main menu and click on Student Step-by-Step Search
  • Select your age and community
  • When you’ve found the opportunity you are interested in, click on  to apply online
  • Complete the Volunteer Form with your contact information and Submit

Students may start accumulating community involvement hours in the summer before they enter Grade 9.
Learn more about Community Involvement Eligible and Ineligible activities. Download the volunteer hours tracking sheet and start earning community involvement hours.

What is Community Involvement?

  • A requirement for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma
  • A volunteer activity – not for pay or credit
  • A constructive contribution to the community

Why has the Ministry of Education mandated it?

  • Reinforces civic responsibility
  • Strengthens the community
  • Enhances the students’ self- confidence and self- image
  • Offers networking for future employment
  • Provides an experience for students to include in their portfolios

When must students complete it?

  • Any time during the secondary school program
  • Outside class hours, for example: during lunch breaks, in the evening, on weekends, during school breaks, during the summer months.