Community Involvement Hours/Activities
Students must complete 40 community involvement hours as one of the requirements for their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The aim is to encourage students to become actively involved in making positive contributions to their community. Students may begin accumulating their 40 hours during the summer before they enter Grade 9.
Confirmation of completed hours must be dropped off to the Guidance office. Students are to submit a signed letter (on organization letterhead) that indicates their name, the date(s) and number of hours completed and a brief summary of their activities/volunteer contribution or download a form here.
Finding opportunities in our Community.
Volunteer Halton is an excellent resource for volunteer opportunities. Students can access these opportunities in three ways:
1. Download the Volunteer Halton app
2. Refer to the Volunteer Halton board in the Guidance office at Hayden
3. Click on the Volunteer Halton website for more information
The following activities are examples of pre-approved, eligible activities and do not require the secondary principal / designate signature in the Notification of Planned Activities on the Record of Community Involvement. Additional activities may be eligible, this is not a comprehensive list. If you are unsure of any of the examples listed above or the eligibility of your proposed activity, please contact your secondary school guidance department .
Community Involvement Activities associated with non-profit, community-based agencies are eligible:
- Provincial and national non-profit organizations such as Heart and Stroke Foundation, United Way, Girl Guides and Scouting of Canada, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Cancer Society, Rotary and Service Clubs, Humane Society, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Arthritis Society, Habitat for Humanity, LDHalton, YMCA
- Fundraising or awareness run/walk events: CIBC Run for the Cure, Mississauga Marathon, Brian Smith Ride
- Coaching / Coaches Helper / Leader in Training programs with non-profit organizations (e.g. Timbits hockey with BLOMHA, City of Burlington summer camp LIT, Canadian Tire JumpStart Foundation), Ontario Track 3 Ski Association, Oakville Gymnastics Club
- Region or city organized community events (e.g. Canada Day celebrations, town street festival), Mikey Young at Heart, The Homework Club, Youth Aiding Youth (ROCK), Bronte Creek Maple Syrup Festival
- Supporting work of a global nature, promoting environmental awareness (e.g. Earth Day Clean Up, tree planting)
- Food Bank Organizations: Halton Food for Thought, Georgetown Bread Basket
- Elementary school fun fair and other events
- RBC Canadian Open West
- Activities that would normally be performed for wages by a person in the workplace
- Activities during instructional/ class time within the school day
- Required activities of a course where you earn a credit
- Participating on school sports teams or clubs
- Experiential learning (e.g. “Take Our Kids to Work Day”, job shadow, co-op)
- Regular family responsibilities (chores)
- Court ordered community service programs
Examples of Ineligible Activities Examples of Similar Eligible Community Involvement
Volunteering at a landscaping company (replaces paid employment) Landscaping and gardening at a local church, community vegetable garden (rely on community volunteers because the focus of the organization is on community benefit).
Stocking shelves at a local grocery store (replaces paid employment) Stocking shelves at a local food bank (focus of the organization is on community benefit).
Shoveling snow at home (family chore) Shoveling snow for a neighbour that requires community support to stay in their home (e.g. person with a disability or a senior citizen).
Babysitting younger siblings (family chore) Child minding at a community event (e.g. Welcome to High School parent evening).