Community Involvement

Graduating Students + Community Involvement hours

For students who are graduating in the 2020-2021 school year, the Minister of Education has reduced the graduation requirement to a minimum of 20 hours of community involvement activities.

Reflection for Community Involvement Activity Hours - Paid Employment

  • up to 10 hours of paid employment if a student is 14 years or older and completes a reflection exercise demonstrating how their work contributed to their community
  • community involvement during school time, for example, walking a younger child to and from school or helping younger siblings with school work
  • duties normally performed at home, for example, helping an elderly relative with errands or providing after school care for a sibling

40 Hour Community Involvement Page

Students may wish to consider virtual volunteering, such as connecting with seniors, organizing virtual fundraising events and facilitating discussions with newcomer youth. Outdoor volunteer opportunities could include, for example, picking up litter.

In addition, the Ministry is providing increased flexibility in how all secondary students can earn hours in 2020-21, as follows:

Schools will waive the restrictions that do not allow students to earn hours during the time allotted for the instructional program on a school day, or duties normally performed in the home (e.g., walking a younger child to and from school, helping younger siblings with school work).


Literacy Graduation Requirement

This requirement is waived for students graduating in the 2020-2021 school years.

Students are required to complete 40 hours of volunteering as part of the requirements for their high school diploma. These hours cannot be completed with a for profit business.

For a completed description of what counts and what does not please consult the following flyer

When you volunteer you should bring a copy of the Volunteer Form so that the organizer can sign off on your hours.