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Community service hours for high school students

All high school students in the province of Ontario are required to complete forty (40) hours of community service as a graduation requirement outlined by the Ontario Ministry of Education. The purpose of the community involvement requirement is to encourage students to develop awareness and understanding of civic responsibility and of the role they can play and the contributions they can make in supporting and strengthening their communities. These goals complement academic and work experience programs that are currently taking place in our schools.

Guidelines for completing the community service 

Student community involvement activities may take place in a variety of settings, including businesses, not-for-profit organizations, public sector institutions (including hospitals), and information settings. The Ottawa Catholic School Board has developed a list of community involvement activities that are considered acceptable. Students participating in this initiative will have received a document from their school which outlines examples of eligible and ineligible activities.

Students must complete the Community Involvement Form to list their planned and completed activities. 

  • Student community involvement activities must total a minimum of 40 hours and must be completed in order to be eligible to graduate with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • Students can begin in July of the year before the student’s grade nine (9) school year
  • Community involvement activities must not be part of a credit course, must be unpaid, and must be completed outside of scheduled class time 

Community Involvement Brochure

Visit the Ministry of Education's website to view Policy/Program Memorandum No. 124a

Record your community hours

Before beginning any activity, ensure that it is identified on our Board's list of approved activities. Examples of these activities are contained within this form. If you would like to participate in an activity that is not listed within the following document, please obtain approval from the principal or designate before starting the activity. 

Community Involvement Form

Workplace Safety

ocsb photo of traffic conesJust like paid employment, volunteer positions can expose students to environments where safety is a concern. Young people have less experience in recognizing safety issues. As a volunteer they may not know that they are entitled to receive proper training and supervision.

Visit our Workplace Safety Guide to learn what families can do to help their child stay safe in any job.