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General information

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

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2018 Orillia

Program description

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.

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.

Additional program specific fee information for Community and Justice Services

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.

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

  • CJSR1007 Introduction to Corrections
  • CJSR2007 Counselling and Case Management
  • CJSR2009 Safe and Effective Correctional Practices
  • CJSR2010 Indigenous Justice: Advocacy and Community Development
  • CJSR2011 Substance Abuse Management
  • CJSR2012 Inclusive Correctional Practices
  • CJSR2013 Principles of Community Reintegration
  • CJSR2008 Career Resource Development
  • FITN1014 Fitness and Wellness 1
  • FITN1015 Fitness and Wellness 2
  • FITN2004 Fitness and Wellness for Corrections
  • LAWS1018 Government in Canadian Society
  • LAWS1022 Interviewing and Documentation
  • LAWS1005 Introduction to Security Skills
  • LAWS1020 Introduction to Criminal Law
  • LAWS1021 Public Safety and Emergency Management
  • LAWS1017 Canadian Criminal Justice
  • LAWS1019 Diversity Awareness
  • LAWS2048 Mental Health in the Workplace
  • LAWS2049 Defensive Tactics and Crisis Intervention
  • LAWS2050 Youth Justice in Canada

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