Community and Justice Services

Program: CJSR
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Field Placement
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2017, Winter 2018
Location: Orillia


Students gain the knowledge and skills required to work with at-risk and offender populations in a variety of institutional and community correctional programs that operate within and adjacent to the justice system. A common first-year with the Protection, Security and Investigation and Police Foundations programs allows students the opportunity to transfer between programs after the first year of study, while gaining an understanding of criminal justice in Canada.

Second year courses incorporate the interpersonal, problem-solving, counselling and case management skills required of the profession to ensure the protection of the public and successful rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders. Students complete a field placement at a professional community or custody based justice agency that supports a transition to the profession. 

Career Opportunities

A wide variety of careers within the field of criminal justice, with attention to intervention and re-integration, are available to graduates. Graduates may consider opportunities in federal and provincial correctional institutions, community residential facilities, open and secure custody facilities for youth, early intervention and rehabilitation programs, school settings, as well as community-based justice and advocacy agencies providing programs and services to offenders, individuals at-risk and victims of crime.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • work and communicate in a manner consistent with professional ethics and practice, a respect for self, others, and relevant law and legislation;
  • employ all relevant security techniques to ensure the protection of the public, and the security of the staff, and clients in institutional, residential, and community settings;
  • intervene with clients, individually and in groups, in order to address and manage problems and to facilitate constructive behaviour change;
  • observe, monitor, record, and assess client behaviour accurately, and respond appropriately in compliance with legal and organizational requirements;
  • assist in the prevention and resolution of conflict, crisis, and emergency situations using methods consistent with legal requirements and organizational policy;
  • establish and maintain constructive relationships with clients, staff, professionals, and the community;
  • participate in program planning, implementation, assessment, and evaluation to meet the needs of clients, staff, and administration within the organizational environment;
  • apply knowledge of social sciences concepts when interacting with clients, staff, professionals, and the public;
  • employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession;
  • apply entrepreneurial skills, attitudes and approaches to active engagement and service within the community.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019

Winter Intake

  • Sem 1: Winter 2018
  • Sem 2: Summer 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: A record of criminal offences, for which a pardon has not been granted, may prevent students from completing their placements, thereby affecting their ability to graduate.

Additional Information

Students are required to sign a waiver indicating they are physically and medically able to participate in strenuous physical activity.

Applicants must have a valid Standard First Aid and CPR Level C or HCP certificate before proceeding to field placement or participating in volunteer opportunities. It is recommended that First Aid and CPR training is completed prior to program entry.

Graduation Requirements

21 Mandatory Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
1 Field Placement

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.


Mandatory Courses
CJSR 1007Introduction to Corrections
CJSR 2007Counselling and Case Management
CJSR 2008Career Resource Development
CJSR 2009Safe and Effective Correctional Practices
CJSR 2010Indigenous Justice: Advocacy and Community Development
CJSR 2011Substance Abuse Management
CJSR 2012Inclusive Correctional Practices
CJSR 2013Principles of Community Reintegration
FITN 1014Fitness and Wellness 1
FITN 1015Fitness and Wellness 2
FITN 2004Fitness and Wellness for Corrections
LAWS 1005Introduction to Security Skills
LAWS 1017Canadian Criminal Justice
LAWS 1018Government in Canadian Society
LAWS 1019Diversity Awareness
LAWS 1020Introduction to Criminal Law
LAWS 1021Public Safety and Emergency Management
LAWS 1022Interviewing and Documentation
LAWS 2048Mental Health in the Workplace
LAWS 2049Defensive Tactics and Crisis Intervention
LAWS 2050Youth Justice in Canada
Communications Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 3 courses from the general education list during registration.
Field Placement
CJSR 2006Field Placement CJSR

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.