Community Involvement Hours

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The Ministry of Education mandates that students must complete 40 hours of community service to receive their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Christian community service provides an opportunity for students to grow in their faith and develop an understanding of our role as followers of Christ.

Download a copy of Notre Dame's Log of Christian Community Service.


Completion of Hours

  • Students may begin earning hours as of July 1st of their grade 8 year.
  • Students are encouraged to complete at least 10 hours per year.
  • Students may submit hours on an ongoing basis to their guidance counsellor.
  • Counsellors will accept the first 40 hours; students are encouraged to keep a record of any additional hours they complete.
  • Hours must be completed outside of the Notre Dame CSS school day - during evenings, weekends or school/summer holidays.
  • Students are encouraged to seek approval of their hours ahead of time if there is any concern over whether they will be valid.
  • The 40 hours must be submitted to Guidance by May 15th of the student's grade 12 year.


Volunteer Opportunities



Students benefit from completing christian community service hours by:

  • developing moral and ethical responsibility to our community;
  • understanding and accepting social and civic responsibility;
  • accessing opportunities for intellectual development;
  • developing peer leadership and mentoring skills;
  • gaining a better understanding of multicultural and equity issues;
  • building confidence in social situations; and
  • gaining work experience and career awareness.


Eligible Activities

The following are some examples of activities approved for community involvement hours:

  • provide service to seniors or others who have difficulty leaving their homes - raking, shoveling, shopping;
  • tutor younger students - read, visit the library, help with homework;
  • volunteer at a senior's home/centre;
  • help organize local community events - food drives/banks;
  • take part in environmental initiatives - cleaning and recycling operations, park clean-up, planting trees and flowerbeds;
  • become involved with charitable/non-profit organizations or church activities;
  • assist with sports teams: community leagues, house league teams, parks and recreation programs;
  • volunteer in leadership roles with community groups, youth group, leader at church;
  • volunteer at hospitals, libraries, social service or animal welfare agencies, religious communities/places of worship; and/or
  • assist with literacy initiatives at local libraries, child care centres, community centres.


Ineligible Activities

According to the Ministry of Education, an activity is ineligible for community involvement hours if it is:

  • required as part of a school course;
  • taking place as part of the instructional day;
  • an activity that replaces a paid worker;
  • an activity where you would usually be paid (e.g. babysitting);
  • a duty performed in a home (e.g. daily chores) or personal recreational activities;
  • requiring the knowledge of a provincially regulated tradesperson;
  • playing in a sports team;
  • a Court ordered program involving a community service expectation;
  • involving operating a vehicle, power tools or scaffolding;
  • administering medication or handling substances as classified by the Occupational Health and Safety Act;
  • involving banking, securities or other valuables;
  • if under 16, a logging environment;
  • if under 15, a factory environment;
  • if under 14, any workplace besides health and residential care, unless accompanied by an adult.


For additional questions regarding Community Involvement hours, visit the Ministry of Education's Community Involvement guidelines.

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