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Community Hours

Since September 1, 1999, every student who begins secondary school in Ontario is required to complete 40 hours of community involvement in order to receive their secondary school diploma. The purpose of this requirement is to encourage students to develop an understanding of the various roles they can play in their community and to help them develop a greater sense of belonging within the community.   Students may begin to accumulate volunteer hours in the summer between Grade 8 and Grade 9. 

Why community hours?

Community hours encourages awareness of civic responsibility, and gives the students opportunities to make valuable contributions to their communities.    


  • must complete hours outside of class time
  • must not be part of a credit course
  • must be unpaid activities
  • must be completed by end of Grade 12
To review activities and involvement that qualify for the 40 required hours, please review this Community Involvement Activity form or click here on the Ministry of Education website for more ideas.