Community Service Requirements

All students must provide 40 hours of service to their community in order to earn their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The 40 hours cannot be earned during school hours. Volunteer work completed in the summer before grade 9 can now count towards this diploma requirement. There are a number of different opportunities for students to earn their hours within the ESA community such as:

  • Volunteer to sell tickets for school productions at lunch
  • Volunteer as ticket takers and ushers for school performances
  • Assist with major school events such as photo day, auditions, etc.
  • Volunteer with  SESAT as a Concession/Information Representative
  • Act as a peer tutor (without pay)

Students submit their hours to Student Services using the Community Involvement Form.

Students can earn their hours through:

  • one time events – for e.g. the CIBC Run for the Cure
  • volunteering for a charity – for e.g. weekly help at an animal shelter
  • helping neighbours – for e.g. snow removal, dog walker

Below we have listed a variety of volunteer opportunities for students to access.  ESA and the TDSB have not vetted these volunteer postings.  We do not endorse or recommend any of these listings because we have not vetted them.

Possible volunteer opportunities to explore include:

  • CLOTHESLINE (Etobicoke)
  • abi POSSIBILITIES (Etobicoke
  • MUSIC MENTORS (Karen Kain School
  • ALTEMUS: Altemus is a nonprofit educational and service organization dedicated to helping young people from emerging democracies discover and develop their leadership potential.


Volunteer Toronto
Volunteer in Another Country
Youth Challenge International

Another great resource by JobHero is called the “Ultimate Guide to Working and Volunteering Abroad”: