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Community Involvement

Community Involvement

Part of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma requires that students must have a minimum of 40 hours community service before graduation. International students who have a high school diploma from their home country are required to complete 10 hours community service.

The purpose of this volunteer work is to remind students of their community obligations and encourage them to contribute to society. Brooklyn College encourages students to volunteer beyond the required number of hours.

Students are responsible for completing the required hours on their own time: during the lunch hour, after school, on weekends, or during holidays.

Students are also responsible for keeping track of their volunteer work under the guidance of the school. Students must choose an activity that is approved by the school. Some examples are:

· Helping classmates with school work.

· Participation in local political events.

· Assisting in non-profit organizations.

· Assisting in sports activities at a community centre.

· Helping senior citizens in their daily life.

· Involvement in community events.

· Volunteering at a local hospital.

Before committing to a volunteer position, students should obtain written permission from the guidance department or school principal in order to confirm validity of the position.

* Students can always check the school bulletin board for up to date volunteer opportunities


The Ministry of Education has developed a list of activities that may not be chosen as community involvement activities and that are therefore ineligible activities. An ineligible activity is an activity that:

Is a requirement of a class or course in which the student is enrolled (e.g. Cooperative Education, job shadowing, work experience).

Takes place during school hours, except during the student’s lunch break or spare periods.

Takes place in a logging or mining environment, if the student is under 16.

Takes place in a factory, if the student is under 15.

Takes place in a workplace other than a factory, if the student is under 14 and is not accompanied by an adult.

Would normally be performed for wages by a person in the workplace.

Involves the operation of a vehicle, power tools, or scaffolding (eg. snow blower, power mower, hedge trimmers, etc.)

Involves the administration of any type or form of medication or medical procedure to other persons.

Involves the handling of substances classed as “designated substances” under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (eg. asbestos, lead, dangerous chemicals, toxic materials, etc).

Requires the knowledge of a tradesperson whose trade is regulated by the provincial government.

Involves banking or the handling of securities, or the handling of jewellery, works of art, antiques, or other valuables.

Consists of duties normally performed in the home or personal recreational activities.

Involves activities for a court-ordered program (e.g. community-service program for young offenders, probationary program).


The following guiding principles, read in conjunction with the list of the ineligible activities, are intended to assist the student and parents/guardians to determine whether a planned activity is within an approved area for the completion of the community involvement requirement:

1. An event or activity designed to be of benefit to the community;

2. An event or activity to support a not-for-profit agency, institution or foundation that conforms to the ethical standards of the Ministry of Education;

3. Any structured program that promotes tutoring, mentoring, visiting or coaching, or whose purpose is to assist others who require the benefit of that assistance;

4. Participation in an event or activity that supports ethical work of a global nature;

5. Participation in an event or activity that promotes positive environmental awareness;

6. Participation in an event or activity that contributes to the health and well-being of any ethical group that conforms to the community standards of morality and conduct, including school-based activities;

7. Participation in an event or activity affiliated with a club, religious organization, arts or cultural association, or political organization that seeks to make a positive and ethical contribution in the community.