To earn the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), students must obtain:
30 credits from the Ontario Curriculum, including 18 compulsory courses and 12 optional credits
40 hours of Community Involvement and completion of the Ontario Literacy Requirement (OSSLT) or the Ontario School Literacy Course
OSSD Diploma Requirements
Minimum age of 18
Less than 14 credit and non-credit courses
Community Involvement Hours
Community involvement is designed to equip students with the opportunity to actively participate in supporting and enhancing their communities. They will gain awareness and understanding about civic duty and have the opportunity to build and reflect on themselves.
Students can begin accumulating their 40 hours in the summertime before grade 9.
Looking for community involvement opportunities?
Check with your school for a list of eligible and ineligible activities, as well as resources to help record hours and find volunteer activities.
Visit the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network to find opportunities through a centre in their community.
Browse SPARKOntario to discover volunteering opportunities and connect with local community organizations.
Ask your principal or guidance counselor for more information.
Research programs at Ontario’s colleges and universities at OntarioColleges.ca and Ontario Universities’ Info.
Students interested in applying to a college or university out of province are encouraged to talk with their guidance counselor. The application process and requirements for fees, due dates, and supplemental information for out of province educational institutions vary by institution.
Find information about how to start an apprenticeship.
Planning to work after high school?
Employment Options provides a full range of employment services, including job search strategies.
Find out more information at Community Living Ontario for students with intellectual disabilities to explore ideas for their future after high school.
Applying to College and University?
Students in secondary school are provided with support for their college or university application. Students will apply to college or university through these websites.
The Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) has information and resources to apply to university.
Planning for post-secondary education begins prior to your graduation. Students should research future destinations but also investigate financial assistance.
The Scholarship and Bursary Guide will prepare students for scholarships, awards, and bursaries! There is an extensive list of scholarships and financial assistance opportunities by field of study and post-secondary institutions.
Students can also visit the Ontario School Counsellors’ Association (OSCA) website.
myBlueprint is a career planning program that is user-friendly, interactive and allows students to plan and select high school courses, track progress toward graduation, and explore occupations and opportunities for students after high school. Students can also build their own personal portfolio using the myBlueprint tool.
myBlueprint provides students in all pathways with an opportunity to:
showcase their plans, growth, and progress
explore career opportunities
research and explore post-secondary opportunities
6 unique assessment for self-exploration and discovery
Plan courses and track progress
Explore post-secondary opportunities
Learn about career choices
Learn to budget and track money
How do I log in to MyBlueprint?
Instructions for students to access My Blueprint from an iPad and Computer