Community Service Hours

Here is the link to the school board's information on Community Hours.

OCDSB Community Hours Form

It is recommended that students do some community service hours every year in high school and submit forms to the main office at least once a year. If you need ideas about where to do your community service, there are suggestions on the back of the form. In addition, there is a bulletin board in the hall across from Student Services where community groups advertise for volunteers. This is updated regularly. There are many opportunities available this spring and summer. Students entering grade 9 can do community service in the summer between grade 8 and grade 9.

Community Service Hours Information (IAL):

For students graduating in the 2021-22 school year, the community involvement graduation requirement will be reduced to a minimum of 20 hours of community involvement activities. 


This recognizes that graduating students have had barriers to earning their community involvement hours last school year and there may be continued barriers this school year.


The community involvement graduation requirement of 40 hours will be restored in 2022-23 by the Ministry of Education and students working towards their OSSD should be supported to meet these graduation requirements in time for their graduating year. 


Please consult the district website for suggested volunteer activities and information on how students can submit Community Involvement Hours. Students should continue to seek out and accumulate community involvement hours in accordance with school board policies and procedures, keeping in mind local public health unit recommendations.

In addition, the Ministry is providing increased flexibility in regard to how secondary students can earn hours in 2021-22. The following activities will be deemed eligible for all secondary students for their community involvement activities in the 2021-22 school year:

  • Activities that take place during the time allotted for the instructional program on a school day (e.g., walking a younger neighbour or sibling to and from school, helping younger siblings with their homework); 

  • Activities that include up to 10 hours of paid work, with the requirement to complete a reflection exercise indicating how their work contributed to service for others (e.g., grocery work during the pandemic); and

  • Activities that consist of duties normally performed in the home (e.g., students could help an elderly relative with errands, provide after-school care for a sibling).

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