The Lambton Kent District School Board views the community involvement requirements as one of the many positive experiences young people will have to apply their education to community life in practical ways. The purpose of the community involvement requirement is to encourage students to develop awareness and understanding of civic responsibility and of the role they can play and the contributions they can make in supporting and strengthening their communities.
Secondary school students in Ontario must complete 40 hours of community involvement. This may be completed at any time during their schooling and students may begin accumulating hours in the summer between their Grade 8 and Grade 9 year. Students may do as many different volunteer activities as they’d like as long as the total number of hours adds up to 40 and a signed sheet has been received for all activities. Students are encouraged to seek volunteer opportunities at local not-for-profit organizations.
Students can print the tracking sheet to log completed hours and submit to Student Services. Students must ensure they fill out required paperwork both before and after volunteering and that signatures are received from their parents, their supervisor at the volunteer activity, and their school guidance counselor or principal. Completion of the volunteer hours and submission of the tracking sheet must be done in a timely fashion; preferably immediately following completion of the hours but before the last semester of the graduating year.
An activity WILL NOT be counted towards the mandatory 40 hours of community service if it:
is a requirement of a class (e.g. co-op, job shadowing, work experience)
takes place during class time
would normally be a paid position
consists of duties normally performed in the home (i.e. daily chores) or personal recreational activities (i.e. extra-curricular activities)
is an activity to satisfy the requirements of a court-ordered program (e.g. community-service program for young offenders, probationary program).
involves any activity or event where alcohol is served or permitted.
Please consult with the principal in advance before completing volunteer activities during a lunch or spare period.
Remember to always check with your guidance counselor or school principal before beginning a volunteer activity. Please see the eligible activities and ineligible activities for a general starting point.
The information above is adapted from the Ontario Ministry of Education’s policy regarding the Ontario Secondary School Diploma 40 hour community service requirement for graduation. For more information or to view the full policy, please visit the Ministry of Education website.
Use of outside volunteer databases and social platforms for completing volunteer hours are not a mandatory part of the required 40 hours of Community Involvement. Students should always be mindful of the types of data they share online as per the responsible use of technology procedure.
Students are responsible for researching and contacting organizations who offer volunteer opportunities directly. In order to comply with the community involvement guidelines, students should inquire about each community involvement opportunity with school administration before completing their hours.
For local contacts/organizations that accept volunteers please check out: