Community Involvement

NOTE: The community involvement graduation requirement has been reduced from 40 hours to a minimum of 20 hours of community involvement activities for students graduating in the 2021-22 school year. Temporary changes to reduce barriers students may face to earn their community involvement hours and provide greater flexibility in how they earn their hours, will continue for the 2021-22 school year. 


Every student must complete 40 hours of community involvement to receive his/her diploma. Students can start accumulating community involvement hours in the summer before they enter Grade 9.

Community involvement is intended to:

  • encourage students to understand the roles they can play in their community
  • help students develop a greater sense of belonging

Students are encouraged to choose activities that interest them or explore a potential career. Some students may complete more than 40 hours.

Contact your secondary school’s Guidance Department for:

  • more information about eligible activities
  • information on how to record your community involvement hours
Eligible Activities

A list of eligible activities has been established by the SCDSB in consultation with the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) and insurance experts. Activities include:

  • assistance to seniors
  • environmental projects
  • sports and recreation activities
  • working with charitable and service organizations
  • working in health facilities
  • community or specific school-related activities
Ineligible Activities

The Ministry of Education developed a list of activities that are ineligible. These include activities that:

  • take place in a logging or mining environment, if the student is under 16 years of age;
  • take place in a factory, if the student is under 15 years of age;
  • take place in a workplace other than a factory, if the student is under 14 years and not accompanied by an adult;
  • would normally be performed for wages by a worker;
  • involve operating a vehicle, power tools, or scaffolding;
  • involve the administration of any type or form of medication or medical procedure to other persons;
  • involve the handling of substances classed as "designated substances" under the Occupational Health and Safety Act;
  • require the knowledge of a trades person whose trade is regulated by the provincial government;
  • involve banking or the handling of securities, jewelry, works of art, antiques, or other valuables;
  • consist of duties normally performed in the home;
  • involve a court-ordered program (i.e. community-service program for youth, probationary program);
  • involve the use of a firearm.