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Community and Justice Services

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Key Details

Program Start Dates

September 2024

Please visit Ontario College Application Service to learn more about start dates

Program Delivery

Campus / Full-time


Ontario College Diploma

Program Duration

4 Semesters

Program Contacts

Leah Bouthillier

Program Coordinator / Professor

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705-566-8101 ext.6424
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Program Overview

Are you passionate about a career in community and justice services? 

 This immersive program starts with an off-campus two-night, three-day field experience into Indigenous ways of knowing. In a remote location with rustic accommodations, your faculty introduces critical vocational skills and education founded on Indigenous land-based teachings from Cambrian’s Wabnode Centre, while focusing on building community and perspective-taking on promoting rehabilitation for persons in conflict with the law.

Go beyond the textbook in our scenario room, complete with cell blocks. Explore correctional theory and practices taught by specialists. You’ll examine issues related to addiction and mental health, group dynamics, behaviour management, and inclusive practices. You’ll enter the field with confidence in your analytical reasoning, tactical communication, and motivational interviewing skills honed through scenario-based applications preparing you for the realities of the field.  

Program Highlights

Program highlights

  • 14-week placement (350 hours) 
  • Hands-on training in safety and security, motivational interviewing, observation, and reporting writing in the College’s scenario room that features three cells and updated technology to practice your skills in a realistic environment 
  • Tours of a youth centre, a federal minimum and medium-security penitentiary, and a provincial jail (vulnerable sectors police clearance required). 
  • Guest experts from federal, provincial, and community justice services; victim services; and advocacy agencies 
  • Specialized training within emerging issues and certification for:​ 
    • Self-defense training​ 
    • Non-violent crisis intervention (NVCPI)​ 
    • Suicide Alertness (safeTALK)​ 
    • Suicide intervention (ASIST)​ 
    • Situational Awareness Specialist Certificate 
    • Interprofessional Collaborative Practices 
    • Option to earn a second diploma in another public safety program in just 1 year when you graduate 


Admission requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C) or (U)

International Student Admissions

Are you an international student? Learn more about additional requirements.

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Additional admission requirements

All students are required to produce a criminal records check for vulnerable sectors to attend institutional tours and participate in select volunteer experiences. It is strongly recommended that students obtain this prior to registration. An additional criminal reference check is required for fourth semester placement where some placements will require an enhanced criminal records check that may take between six to eight weeks. Placements may also require Standard First Aid, CPR Level C and/or proof of immunization.


  • Any law class
  • Computer competency in relevant software

Academic Upgrading

Are you missing admission requirements? Strengthen your academic skills for free at your own pace through Academic Upgrading!

Program Delivery

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026

Program of Study

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
CWP 1210Penology3
CWP 2310Community Corrections3
ENG 1002College Communications3
LAW 1010Canadian Criminal Justice3
PSY 1050Introduction To Psychology I3
SOC 1153Social Consciousness3
One General Education Course. 13
Semester 2
CWP 1006Youth Justice3
CWP 1012Inclusive Practices I3
CWP 1211Law For Correctional Workers3
ENG 1126Commun. Skills/Justice Students I3
CWP 2346Addictions3
PSY 1106Tactical Communication3
SOC 1210Introduction To Criminology3
One General Education courses.3
Semester 3
CWP 1007Inclusive Practices II2
CWP 1010Field Seminar I3
CWP 2311Program Assessment & Planning3
CWP 2340Correctional Casework3
CWP 2350Safety & Security3
CWP 2450Observation and Report Writing3
PSY 1003Concurrent Disorders, Mental Health & Addictions3
FIT 1510Physical Fitness and Wellness2
Semester 4
CWP 1014Field Placement14
One General Education course. 13
 Total Credits84

For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.


Tuition Cost

Canadian Students

$4,542.30Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

International Students

$18,154.33Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

Important Notice

Fees presented are estimates based on projections for future academic year(s) of study. Actual fees charged may differ from what is published here. A full detailed listing of all fees is available in myCambrian and updated annually no later than May 1 for the following academic year. Students in Academic Upgrading are responsible for any fees listed on their invoice each term.

Tuition and ancillary fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books and supplies

Books and supplies may be required at the course level over and above what is estimated above. Please consult your professor/instructor for further information.

College may be more affordable than you think!

Have you said, “school can wait another year”? Don’t sacrifice your future any longer – you can do it!

Whether it’s fear, financial reasons, or something else that is impacting your decision to start school, we’re here to listen to you and help in any way we can!

Work-integrated learning (WIL)

Take your education beyond the classroom!

Cambrian programs blend academic learning, hands-on training, and community involvement opportunities to help you achieve your ultimate goal – your dream career. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios within and outside of the classroom through work-integrated learning. Whether it be a capstone project, co-op, practicum, preceptorship component, or placement, you’ll benefit from a practical, job-related experience before you graduate.

Field of Study

School of Public Safety

Commit to serve and protect by joining Cambrian’s School of Public Safety. Taught by seasoned veterans, you’ll get the training and credentials you need to become a powerful force for good. From enforcement and protection to rehabilitation and reintegration, our immersive programs focus on upholding human rights, protecting marginalized groups, and ensuring the safety and security of property and community.

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Specific program pathway

Graduates of Police Foundations Programs are eligible to complete the program in a compressed schedule using transferable credits. Students can successfully meet the requirements within one year while still gaining a placement experience of 260-280 hours. Please consult the Enrolment Centre for the exact tuition fees for this option as it can result in additional fees.

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian’s college and university agreement details for further information. 

Career Outcomes

Employment opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in:

  • Federal and provincial correctional institutions
  • Open and secure custody settings for youth
  • Residences for adult offenders (halfway houses, treatment centres) 
  • Residences for youth who are in conflict with the law (group homes)
  • Federal and provincial government ministries – Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Corrections Services Canada, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
  • Private and non-profit community organizations (NGO’s)
  • Graduates may also work with people who are at risk of being in conflict with the law and in community-based justice services and/or victim-oriented programs.
  • Police Forces including Military Police
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Explore how this program can lead to a great career! Cambrian’s Career Coach platform is a user-friendly, online tool that provides up-to-date and comprehensive labour market data to help you explore career options, salary expectations for the Greater Sudbury region, and more!

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Minimum technology requirements

Success in this program requires that you come equipped with some program-specific technology requirements.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD principle to both enrich the student learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure flexibility!

Ready to take the first step?

Start gaining the highest level of skills at Cambrian now – and you’ll be ready to take advantage of the many career opportunities waiting for you just around the corner. The future is yours!

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