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Community Involvement

As part of the requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), all students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities prior to graduation. 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.

To assist students, parents and sponsors with this requirement, the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario has prepared a guide, available on this page under Resource Downloads.

Effective July 1, 2011, students are able to start accumulating community involvement hours in the summer before they enter grade 9.

Record of Community Involvement

Each student needs to maintain a record of their community involvement and complete the Community Involvement Hours form. 

A copy of the form is available at the link below. This form should be submitted to your school office no later than June 1 of a student’s graduating year.

Community Involvement Activities Guide

The CDSBEO has created a revised Community Involvement Activities Guide which includes updated information, a list of suggested community involvement activities, and a revised tracking form.

The list of activities included in the revised guide has been developed in collaboration with secondary schools, the CDSBEO Indigenous Education Department, the Special Education Advisory Committee, Catholic School Councils, and in consultation with the Ontario School Boards’ Insurance Exchange (OSBIE). The list supports a wide spectrum of student interests, talents, and lived experiences and provides some examples of opportunities in different areas of Eastern Ontario.

The guide can be accessed at the following link: CDSBEO Community Involvement Activities Guide

Additional Resources

Ministry of Education PPM 124 – Ontario Secondary School Diploma requirement: community involvement activities