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Community Involvement Hours

Every student who begins secondary school in Ontario is required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement in order to receive a diploma.  The purpose of this requirement is to encourage students to develop an understanding of the various roles they can play in their community and to help develop a greater sense of belonging within their community.

We encourage students to fulfill this requirement as soon as possible after starting high school.  As an incentive, Grade 9 students who earn at least 40 hours of community involvement prior to the end of their first year of high school will be honoured at the Fall Awards Assembly and will receive a special certificate and gift.


2022 Graduates

For students graduating in June 2022, the requirement has been adjusted to a minimum of 20 hours.

NEW FOR 2021-2022

All students are permitted to count
10 HOURS OF PAID WORK, to count towards their Community Involvement hours.  

Please enter these 10 hours into your Hour Republic account AND complete the required reflection below:

Paid Work Reflection for Community Hours

As well, this year all students are permitted to count hours for the following:

- 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;

-please use Mrs. Wilson or Ms. Daldrup as the Supervisor for at-home activities;

- please see Guidance for approval if unsure.

All students must use the online system called Hour Republic to submit community involvement hours. 

You can read the 2021-22 Ministry of Education document here:

High School Graduation Requirements

Want to get more information about this graduation requirement?
For more information on community involvement, please read the DSBN resources:

DSBN Booklet

DSBN Welcome Letter
Looking for places to complete your hours?

For information on community involvement opportunities within our community, please check out the online Volunteer Connections or visit the Guidance Office.

If you are not sure if the organization you wish to volunteer with is an acceptable placement, please contact the Guidance Office BEFORE you begin volunteering.

Want to set up your Community Involvement online account?

Adding Volunteer Hours Interactive Tutorial - 6 minutes:  Tutorial

Are you a parent/guardian or employer/organization looking for instructions on how to approve hours?

This FAQ is useful for parents/guardians and employers/organizations as it explains how hours are verified: