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Mandatory Community Involvement

A Secondary School Graduation Requirement

Effective September 1, 1999, every student who begins secondary school in Ontario is required to complete 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 them develop a greater sense of civic responsibility and belonging within the community.

This document provides information for students and parents, as well as for the persons and organizations who are asked to sponsor community involvement activities to assist students in meeting the diploma requirements.

Students will not be paid for performing any community involvement activity. These activities must take place outside of scheduled instructional time; they must not be part of a credit course including work experiences related to credits; they must total a minimum of forty hours; and they must be completed by the end of grade twelve. Students can begin collecting their hours in the summer following grade 8 graduation.

The Upper Canada District School Board welcomes this opportunity to recognize the many contributions students make in their communities.

Please download the Mandatory Community Involvement Guide located to the right of this page.

If you have any questions regarding mandatory community involvement, please contact your school.

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