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Mandatory Community Involvement

Mandatory Community Involvement

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. Students can begin collecting their hours in the summer following grade 8 graduation.

The purpose of this requirement is to encourage students to understand the various roles they can play in their community and to help develop a greater sense of civic responsibility and belonging within the community.


  • Students can not be paid for the event.
  • These activities must take place outside of class time (i.e. lunch hour, before/after school and weekends).
  • It must not be part of a credit course including work experiences related to credits (i.e. co-op, job shadowing, work experience).
  • All 40 hours must be completed by the end of grade twelve. 

Please download the Mandatory Community Involvement Guide or link to the Ministry Policy for additional information and print the Community Involvement Form to track completed hours.

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

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