Every student is required to complete 40 hours of community involvement in order to receive his/her diploma. Students are now able to start accumulating community involvement hours in the summer before they enter Grade 9. The purpose is to encourage students to develop an understanding of the various roles they can play in their community, and to help them develop a greater sense of belonging.
Students are encouraged to choose an activity that interests them, or try out a future career area that they would like to explore. Some students may wish to complete more than 40 hours, especially if they have a particular area of interest or destination pathway. Contact your secondary school’s Guidance Department for more information about eligible activities, and the process of recording your community involvement hours.
Parents should help their child select community involvement activities. Parents are also encouraged to contact the community sponsor, and the school with questions or concerns. A parent must sign the “Notification of Planned Community Involvement Activities” form, and the “Completion of Community Activities” form if the student is under the age of 18.
With the help of your parents, you will select an appropriate activity. If the activity is not on the Board’s list of approved activities, the Principal must sign the “Notification of Planned Community Involvement Activities” form before you begin earning your hours. Then, you must complete and submit the “Completion of Community Activities” form. Principals are responsible for sharing information with parents, students, and community sponsors. Principals are responsible for ensuring that the completed community involvement hours are entered on the student’s official transcript.
Students may choose to help their community, their neighbours, or their school.
- Must be completed outside scheduled class time.
- Must not be part of a credit course.
- Must be an unpaid activity.
- Must total 40 hours.
- Must be completed after beginning Grade 9.
- Must not displace paid workers.
The activities listed below are approved by TLDSB for completion of the community involvement requirement:
- Help the elderly, sick, isolated, disabled, or disadvantaged in organized settings or on an individual basis.
- Work for non-profit organizations.
- Serve as a youth leader.
- Work for service clubs, community organizations, and church groups.
- Tutor / mentor.
- Provide childcare.
- Work in the public sector (e.g. community policing, hospitals, schools, libraries).
- Community development and beautification of environmental concerns.
- Ambassadorship work for political parties / causes.
- Coach, referee, score keep.
Remember — you must discuss with the principal any activities not listed above before they are started in order for them to count toward the 40 hour total.
The Ministry of Education developed a list of activities that are ineligible. These include activities that:
- Are already a requirement of a class or course in which the student is enrolled (e.g. cooperative education, job shadowing, or work experience).
- Take place during class time; however during lunch breaks or “spare” periods is allowed.
- Would normally be performed for wages by a person in the workplace.
- Take place in a logging or mining environment.
- If the student is under 16 years of age and the activity takes place in a factory.
- If the student is under 15 years of age and the activity takes place in a workplace other than a factory.
- If the student is under 14 years of age and is not accompanied by an adult and involves the operation of a vehicle, power tools, or scaffolding.
- Involve the administration of any type or form of medication of medical procedure to other persons.
- Involve handling 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 (stocks/bonds), or the handling of jewellery, works of art, antiques, or other valuables.
- Consist of duties normally performed by the student in the home (i.e. daily chores) or personal recreational activities involving a court-ordered program (e.g. community-service program for young offenders, probationary program).
In addition to the Ministry of Education’s list of ineligible activities TLDSB does not permit the following: