All high school students in the province of Ontario are required to complete forty (40) hours of community service as a graduation requirement outlined by the Ontario Ministry of Education. 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. These goals complement academic and work experience programs that are currently taking place in our schools. Student community involvement activities may take place in a variety of settings, including businesses, not-for-profit organizations, public sector institutions (including hostiptals), and information settings. The Ottawa Catholic School Board has developed a list of community involvement activities that are considered acceptable. Students participating in this iniative will have received a document from their school which outlines examples of eligible and ineligible activities. Students must complete the Ottawa Catholic School Board Community Involvement Form to list their planned and completed activities.
Before beginning any activity, ensure that it is identified on our Board's list of approved activities. Examples of these activities are contained within this form. If you would like to participate in an involvement activity that is not listed within the following document, please obtain approval from the principal or designate before starting the activity.
Personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the Education Act and Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and will only be used to document completion of community involvement hours.
Community sponsors should be advised that students who are performing volunteer work are protected by the school board’s liability insurance while they are performing their community involvement service. Community sponsors are also protected by the Board’s liability insurance for claims that arise out of our students’ volunteer activities for your organizations. Community sponsors should also be aware that, like job-shadowing and other similar work-experience programs, students do not have accident insurance, nor Workplace Safety Insurance coverage through the school board. It is recommended that students involved in the program purchase Student Accident Insurance. Applications may be completed at www.insuremykids.com. The school board expects the community sponsors to ensure that student volunteers are provided with safety instructions, and are trained and supervised to ensure a safe and mutually beneficial volunteer experience.