40 Hours of Community Service

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40 Hours of Community Service

All students in Ontario, Canada must complete 40 hours of volunteer community service work during their four years of secondary school as part of the Ontario Ministry of Education requirement for completing their high school diploma.

Your volunteer community service work will encourage you to develop an awareness and understanding of civic responsibility, of the role you can play and the contributions you can make in supporting and strengthening your communities.

Eligible or Ineligible Activities
Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines determine which activities are eligible or ineligible for the community involvement requirement. Students and parents must follow these guidelines.

Deadline to Complete Your 40 Hours of Community Service
You will have the entire period in which you are a high school student (usually four years) from grade 9 to grade 12 to complete the community involvement requirement. This time period includes summers and holidays. We highly recommend that you plan ahead to complete your 40 Hours of Community Service during grade 9 and 10. You will probably be too busy with homework, part-time jobs and friends during grade 11 and 12 to complete your 40 Hours of Community Service.

Resources for Help with Completing the 40 Hours of Community Service

40 Hour Community Service Activity Completion Record Sheets

The following are samples of 40 Hour Community Service Activity Completion Record sheets from various Ontario school boards.

Volunteer Opportunities in the Arts

Earn Community Service Hours in theatre and music. The following is a list of Volunteer Opportunities in the Arts in Brampton and Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

  1. Volunteer at the Rose Theatre, Brampton
  2. Volunteer at the Living Arts Centre, Mississauga
  3. Volunteer with the Brampton Music Theatre
  4. Volunteer with the Peel Panto Players
  5. Volunteer with The Studio Dance Company
  6. Volunteer with Jade's Hip Hop Academy
  7. Volunteer with the Brampton Arts Council
  8. Volunteer with the Brampton Symphony Orchestra
  9. Volunteer with the Rose Orchestra
  10. Volunteer with the Chinguacousy Concert Band