To Graduate with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma three things are required:

1. 30 Credits

2. Pass the Ontario Literacy Test or take the Ontario Literacy Course. This link takes you practice tests for 2021-2022 online literacy test.

3. Complete and submit details of 40 hours of Community Involvement in the MyWay Portal using your school user name and password.  Students can use the Tracking Sheet for their own records; this would be to remember details of volunteering to add volunteer activities to their resume.    Students may submit any completed hours at any time of year. Students can exceed the 40 hour requirement, by continuing to add hour into MyWay.


Due to Covid, what are the requirements for my grade?

For the grade 12 students graduating in this school year, 2021-2022:

  • require 20 hours of community volunteering entered into the MyWay Portal
  • are exempt from the Literacy Graduation Requirement

For students in Grade 9, 10 or 11 and Grade 12 non-graduating students in 2021-2022:

  • require 40 hours of community volunteering entered into the MyWay Portal  before graduation
  • will write the Literacy Test as a graduation requirement for their OSSD

Due to Covid:  During the 2021-2022 school year the Ontario Government has given permission for these three activities to be acceptable volunteering activities where they normally would not be accepted:

1. Activities that take place during the time allotted for the instructional program on aschool day (e.g., walking a younger neighbour or sibling to and from school, helping
younger siblings with their homework)
2. Activities that include up to 10 hours of paid work  (e.g. grocery work during the pandemic).
3. Activities that consist of duties normally performed in the home (e.g., students could help an elderly relative with errands, provide after-school care for a sibling)

Your parents would be your “community sponsor’s name” when you add these activities into the MyWay Portal, with either their phone number or their email address. Again parents usually cannot be your community sponsor but for these 3 activities, they can be.