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Protect your community with a career in criminal justice

Community and Justice Services Ontario College Diploma program

Knowledge is built upon a foundation of strong experiences. Learn from experts and build the skills to change your community.

Program code CJSR
Duration 2 Years
Credential Ontario College Diploma
Delivery Full-time

Program information

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. Our curriculum combines theory and a variety of applied, experiential and work integrated learning opportunities that allow students to graduate with job readiness skills. Students learn about industry-based subjects such as human rights, equity and inclusion, and advocacy; skills and abilities relating to interpersonal and professional communications; programming and interventions connected to client and case management, and the importance of mental health, wellness and resiliency. The program is delivered by faculty with industry expertise, and complemented by subject matter experts who share their knowledge as part of the course curriculum. Our program has a long-standing history of community partnerships that allow students to participate in community projects and unique experiential learning opportunities.  In second year, students complete a 7-week immersive field placement at a community or custody based justice agency that supports graduates as they transition to the profession.

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2022 Orillia

Tuition and fees

Work-integrated learning

This program includes a field placement component where you will gain practical, hands-on work experience in a setting relevant to your program.

What are the admission requirements for the Community and Justice Services program?

Community and Justice Services 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: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/academic-regulations/


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.

Admission details

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.

What career paths can I take in community justice?

Your Community and Justice Services diploma gives you many career opportunities

As a member of the justice community, program graduates often work as part of an interdisciplinary team in the field, engaging in program planning, assessment, and the implementation of intervention strategies to meet the needs to clients and the community.

Graduates may consider career 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.

Why study Community and Justice Services at Georgian?

Here’s what our program graduates have to say!

Community and Justice Services graduate Bailey Swanton with blonde hair and glasses smiling

I am very thankful for the connections I made in the Community and Justice Services program at Georgian, as well as the knowledge I was able to gain as it has really helped me get closer to achieving my goals. I found that because of my education at Georgian I am able to say I am confident with where I am going and the path I chose.

– Bailey Swanton, graduate
Community and Justice Services graduate Kim Corbett with brown curly hair

The Community and Justice Services program exceeded my expectations. I have been very appreciative of the teachers I had through this program experience and finally feel I am going in the right direction of obtaining a job I want in this field

– Kim Corbett, graduate
Community and Justice Services graduate Linzi Caldwell with brown hair tied back, wearing glasses and a blue scarf

The program has given me a huge background knowledge about the community and justice system in Canada in order for me to enter the work environment with confidence. The teachers and staff at Georgian helped to keep me focused on what was important to succeed and I trusted their experience in finding the right placement.

– Linzi Caldwell, graduate


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.

What courses are included in the Community and Justice Services diploma program?

Course overview

17 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
1 Field Placement

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Community and Justice Services program outline.

  • CJSR 1007 – Introduction to Community Justice and Corrections
  • CJSR 1008 – Introduction to Law and Correctional Legislation
  • FITN 1018 – Wellness and Resilience in Community Justice and Correction 1
  • LAWS 1005 – Introduction to Security Skills
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.

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