Community Safety

Community and Justice Services

General information

Program code
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Ontario College Diploma
Academic area

Intake information

Start date Campus
Winter 2017 Orillia
Fall 2017 Orillia

Program description

The Community and Justice Services program provides students with the knowledge and skills required to work in a variety of settings with offenders and other high-risk client groups to ensure the protection of the public and the successful rehabilitation and reintegration of the offender.

In two years of study, students complete both academic and practical courses designed to foster a diverse set of skills required by today’s employers. Areas of study include physical training, defensive tactics and use of force applications, institutional security procedures, crisis intervention, risk assessment and offender programming. In the final semester, students will also complete an integrated field placement with a professional agency which provides community-based or in-custody justice services, thus allowing a seamless transition to the profession.

Transfer options

A common first year with the Protection, Security and Investigation and Police Foundations programs provides students with an overall understanding of criminal justice and law enforcement in Canada and allows students the opportunity to transfer between programs after the first year of study and possibly receive all three credentials in four years.

Graduating students may also have the opportunity to further their studies at the degree level and may receive up to two years of advanced standing toward our unique four-year Bachelor of Human Services – Police Studies degree.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Admission details

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

  • OSS curriculum: OSSD or equivalent, with Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG4C, ENG4U)

Keyboarding ability, basic computer literacy and word processing skills are also recommended.

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

  • Any credit Communication course taken at Georgian College
  • College preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: Human Service Foundation General Arts and Science*
  • Equivalent courses in English taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)
  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications
  • Mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*
  • Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
  • English, Literature or Communication credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

Home school applicants:

  • Applicants can write the mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Criminal reference 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.


View the Community and Justice Services articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.


Mandatory Courses

CJSR2000 Crisis Intervention
CJSR2001 Youth Justice in Canada
CJSR2002 Field Placement Preparation
CJSR2003 Use of Force Applications
CJSR2004 Community Corrections
CJSR2005 Field Placement Seminar CJSR
FITN1003 Physical Training 1
FITN1004 Healthy Living 1
FITN1005 Physical Training 2
FITN1006 Healthy Living 2
FITN2004 Physical Training for Corrections
GOVT1002 Government in Canadian Society
LAWS1004 Introduction to Corrections
LAWS1010 Contemporary Legal Studies
LAWS2019 Case Management and Programming
LAWS2023 Substance Abuse Management
LAWS2024 The Professional Correctional Worker 2 - Safe and Effective Correctional Practices
LAWS2025 Diversity Initiatives in Corrections
PFPR1001 Criminal Justice in Canada
PSYL1004 Mental Health Issues
PFPR1003 Issues in Diversity
PFPR1010 Criminology

Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.

General Education Courses

To be selected from College list

Field Placement

CJSR2006 Field Placement CJSR

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