Community Involvement Hours

The ministry of education is working to motivate service, active citizenship and volunteering in local communities. As the ministry communicated in the Planning for the 2021-22 School Year memo, the community involvement graduation requirement of 40 hours is restored for students graduating in the 2022-23 school year and beyond.

For the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years, the ministry provided flexible ways for students to obtain community involvement hours. At the principal’s discretion, students could earn hours during the time allotted for the instructional program on a school day, and through duties normally performed in the home. This can include helping an elderly relative with an errand or a sibling with homework. Additionally, students could count a maximum of 10 hours from paid employment for students aged 14 years and older. These flexible measures will continue to be available for the 2022-23 school year for all students.

It is strongly recommended that students complete Community Involvement hours early in their secondary school career.

Students will track their community involvement hours by keeping track of completed hours, location, supervisor name and contact information.  Once we have a centralized method of reporting these hours, we will let students know via our website, google classrooms and announcements.  Thank you for your patience.

For students looking for volunteer opportunities please check out the following resources:
1. Volunteer Waterloo Region,  Youth
2. Guidance Google Classroom- See your guidance counsellor for the google classroom code.


The Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers – presented to young volunteers between the ages of 15 and 24 for their actions and dedication to improve the quality of life in their communities and beyond.

The Ontario Volunteer Service Awards – in recognition of continuous years of service to a single community organization.

Visit for more details and to submit a nomination, or call 1-877-832-8622.