Community Involvement

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As part of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma requirements, students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of

community involvement activities. These activities may be completed at any time during their years in the

secondary school programme. The community involvement requirement is designed to encourage students to

develop awareness and understanding of civic responsibility and of the role they can play in supporting and

strengthening their communities. The requirement will benefit communities, but its primary purpose is to

contribute to students’ development. It will provide opportunities for students to learn about the contributions

they can make to the community.

Students, in collaboration with their parents, will decide how they will complete the community involvement

requirement. Community involvement activities may take place in a variety of settings, including businesses, notfor‐

profit organizations, public sector Institutions (including hospitals), and informal Settings. Students may not

fulfil the requirement through activities that are counted towards a credit (co‐operative education and work

experience, for example), through paid work, or by assuming duties normally performed by a paid employee. The

requirement is to be completed outside students’ normal instructional hours – that is, the activities are to take

place in students’ designated lunch hours, after school, on weekends, or during school holidays.


The ministry has developed a list of activities that may not be chosen as community involvement activities and that

are therefore ineligible activities. An ineligible activity is an activity that:

 is a requirement of a class or course in which the student is enrolled (e.g., co‐operative education portion

of a course, job shadowing, work experience);

 takes place during the time allotted for the instructional programme on a school day. However, an activity

that takes place during the student’s lunch breaks or “spare” periods is permissible;

 takes place in a logging or mining environment, if the student is under 16 years of age;

 takes place in a factory, if the student is under 15 years of age;

 takes place in a workplace other than a factory, if the student is under 14 years of age and is not

accompanied by an adult;

 **Would normally be performed for wages by a person in the workplace;

 involves the operation of a vehicle, power tools, or scaffolding;

 involves the administration of any type or form of medication or medical procedure to other persons;

 involves handling of substances classed as “designated substances” under the Occupational Health and

Safety Act;

 requires the knowledge of a tradesperson whose trade is regulated by the provincial government;

 involves banking or the handling of securities, or the handling of jewellery, works of art, antiques, or other


 consists of duties normally performed in the home (i.e., daily chores) or personal recreational activities;

•involves a court‐ordered programme (e.g., community‐service programme for young offenders,

probationary programme).

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