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Community Service Hours

MPSJ Community Involvement Forms

​Please print off the two forms below and have them filled out, signed by all parties, and submitted to the guidance office via email.  Please send your email to the appropriate guidance secretary based on your last name.

Last Name (A - L) - Ms. Querin

Last Name: (M - Z) - Ms. Hashem 

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New Changes to Community Involvement Graduation Requirement 2020-21

The ministry’s intent in making temporary changes to the community involvement graduation policy for the 2020-21 school year is to reduce barriers students may face and make it easier for students to earn community involvement hours given the challenges related to COVID-19. 


The ministry has introduced flexibility in meeting the community involvement hour requirements, along with reducing the total number of hours required for students graduating in the 2020-21 school year. With these changes in place, schools are encouraged to work with students to ensure all graduating students are able to meet the minimum of 20 hours required to graduate this school year.


The temporary changes include reducing the number of hours required for students graduating in the 2020-21 school year to a minimum of 20 hours of community involvement activities, as well as waiving a number of policy restrictions, as follows, at the principal’s discretion:


1.     Schools may allow students to earn hours during the time allotted for the instructional program on a school day;

2.     Schools may allow students to earn hours through duties normally performed in the home; and

3.     Schools may allow students aged 14 years and older to count up to a maximum of 10 hours from paid employment towards their earned hours. Students counting paid employment towards their graduation requirement will be required to complete a reflection exercise indicating how their work contributed to the service for others. 

In addition, the ministry has waived the requirement that schools use paper-based forms and is permitting school boards to develop their own processes for collecting, recording and validating hours, including allowing electronic signatures.

Students should continue to seek out and accumulate community involvement hours in accordance with school board policies and procedures, keeping in mind local public health unit recommendations.


Students are encouraged to consider virtual volunteering. There are a number of organizations that provide virtual volunteer opportunities for students. Some of these volunteer opportunities can be found through agencies such as Spark Ontario.


The following list provides some examples of flexible ways’ students could earn community involvement hours in keeping with the purpose of the policy, which 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, including:

·       Providing tutoring and mentorship supports through:

o   Virtual tutoring to help students with reading, communication and/or other skills

o   Teaching online music or dance lessons

o   Hosting art classes for younger students

o   Assisting siblings and/or younger students with online learning and schoolwork


·       Connecting with and supporting seniors by:

o   Conversing with seniors virtually, for example, acting as technology mentors or providing a regular check-in to address isolation and build cross-generational friendships

o   Joining or creating a letter-writing campaign to seniors

o   Delivering groceries to elderly/immunocompromised neighbours


·       Supports for families, neighbourhoods and community initiatives:

o   Supporting a family by walking a younger child to and from school

o   Participating in donation pick-ups for not-for-profit organizations

o   Coordinating a donation event with a local organization such as a shelter

o   Facilitating discussions with newcomer youth or families to help them learn about their new community

o   Sewing masks to donate to social agencies

o   Shoveling snow and/or performing yard work for a family or neighbour’s family due to extenuating circumstances

o   Taking part in neighbourhood litter-pick-up hour


·       Utilizing social media to connect with their community by:

o   Organizing a virtual reading or math activity for their feeder elementary schools

o   Creating a transition support video for Grade 8 students

o   Doing a musical performance that could provide entertainment for seniors

o   Encouraging people to donate through various social media platforms to food banks or other not-for-profit organizations

o   Creating a flyer for promotion on social media for a local cause

Students who began high school on Sept 1999 or afterwards must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service activities as part of the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The purpose of the student community service requirement is to foster an awareness and understanding of social and civic responsibility and to grow in Christian calling to service and reflection.
Students can begin to accumulate volunteer hours during the summer break before they enter Grade 9.
For opportunities please follow us on twitter @MPSJGuidance, like us on facebook MPSJ Student Services or visit the noticeboard in Guidance. You may also find resources, information and volunteer opportunities on the TCDSB website found below

 Once the student completes all or a significant part of the 40 hours, the completed Tracking form (available in Guidance) should be returned to the Guidance secretary.
 Information for grade 12 students

Grade 12 students should pay particular attention to this requirement. Conferral of the OSSD diploma is contingent on completion of the 18 mandatory subjects, total of 30 credits and the 40 hours of community service.


Students who are in their graduating year are strongly encouraged to finish their hours by May 1st, of their graduating year, to ensure that this information is available to both the University and College Application Centres. Any hours completed after the end of June are too late to be sent to the application centres and conditional acceptances could be revoked.

Conferral of the OSSD diploma is contingent on completion of the 18 mandatory subjects, total of 30 credits, passing the Literacy Test, and the 40 hours of community service.

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