Are you volunteering to complete your 40 hours of community service requirement for graduation? Be sure to review the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) Guidelines from the Ontario Ministry of Education before you begin. Below are some important details to note.

About the Requirement:

The purpose of the requirement is to encourage students to develop awareness of civic responsibility and of the role they can play in supporting and strengthening their communities.

Students may begin accumulating hours in the summer between their Grade 8 and Grade 9 year. Students may do as many different volunteer activities as they’d like as long as the total number of hours adds up to 40 and are logged through Hour Republic.  Access Hour Republic through D2L.
Hour Republic — Experiential Learning Co-op Work Experience Software
An activity will not be counted towards the mandatory 40 hours of community service if it:

  • is a requirement of a class or course in which the student is enrolled (e.g., cooperative education portion of a course, job shadowing, work experience);
  • takes place during the time allotted for the instructional program 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 sixteen years of age;
  • takes place in a factory, if the student is under fifteen years of age;
  • takes place in a workplace other than a factory, if the student is under fourteen 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 valuables;
  • consists of duties normally performed in the home (i.e., daily chores) or personal recreational activities;
  • involves activities for a court-ordered program (e.g., community-service program for young offenders, probationary program).