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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.

Eligible activities

Within the student’s school

Agencies/community organizations

School Group

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:

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.