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The community involvement requirement is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop awareness and understanding about civic responsibility. They can actively participate in supporting and strengthening their communities. It also provides the opportunity for students to learn more about themselves and possible career opportunities.

In order to obtain your Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) each student needs 40 hours of community service.


All community service hours must be entered in the Hour Republic portal found on D2L.

Students can start accumulating their community involvement hours July 1st, immediately after grade 8 graduation

Students need to use Hour Republic to enter their hours online.  Register for Hour Republic with through your D2L E-Learning Portal —> “External Tools”.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I track my community service hours?

A: All community service hours must be entered in the Hour Republic portal found on D2L. View the instruction guide HERE.

Q: What information do I need to track my hours?

A: the name of person you volunteered for, AND an email address and phone number of that person.

Will Hours Count? Ask These Questions, if the answer is “yes”, the hours don’t count:

  • Is anyone gaining financially from your work? 

  • Am I displacing a paid employee?

  • Am I working with dangerous equipment?  

Q: What activities do not count?


  • is a requirement of a class or course in which the student is enrolled (e.g., cooperative education portion of a course, job shadowing, work experience)

  • takes place during the time allotted for the instructional program on a school day. However, an activity that takes place during the student's lunch breaks or “spare” periods is permissible

  • takes place in a logging or mining environment, if the student is under sixteen years of age

  • takes place in a factory, if the student is under fifteen years of age

  • takes place in a workplace other than a factory, if the student is under fourteen years of age 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

  • involves the administration of any type or form of medication or medical procedure to other persons

  • involves handling of substances classed as “designated substances” under the Occupational Health and Safety Act

  • 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 (i.e., daily chores) or personal recreational activities

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


Q: How many hours do I need to graduate?

A: 40 hours


Q: Where do I look for community service opportunities?

A: It's always a good idea to conduct your own research, but this WNSS Volunteer Opportunity Guide is a good place to start.


Q: Still have questions?

A: Check out this information Slideshow or Contact us, we are happy to help!