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Community and Justice Services

Available at: Kingston


Graduates are prepared to be engaged in the process of creating and building safer communities by intervening with offenders, high risk client groups, developing com­munity programs and other initiatives that require measured and appropriate interven­tions. The Community and Justice Services Program continues the historical legacy of quality established by the Correctional Worker Program. Established in the early 1970’s, this program was one of the first offering career training for correctional and community justice work.
Program delivery fosters the development of skills in problem diagnosis, problem solving, critical and creative thinking, and teamwork. Practical application of learning, within the context of the criminal justice system and other community systems that promote com­munity safety, is emphasized. Students participate in real world learning by completing 400 hours of field placement in their final year of study.


Career Opportunities

Organizations that have hired graduates include Federal/Provincial correctional systems, young offender homes, treatment centres, school boards, non-governmental agencies, community based service agencies, youth diversion programs, and alternate programs for youth.

Program Name

Community and Justice Services

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2020-21

Semester 1
CCJS 101 Introduction to Canadian Criminal Justice System
CCJS 106 Principles of Ethical Reasoning
CCJS 108 Health and Wellness 1
COMM 110 Communications for College
CCJS 120 Human Development and Enculturation
CCJS 1000 Workplace Readiness 1: Core Competencies
GENE General Education Course

Semester 2
CCJS 201 Criminology
CCJS 202 Interpersonal and Group Dynamics
CCJS 206 Community and Social Services
CCJS 208 Health and Wellness 2
CCJS 301 Criminal and Civil Law
COMM 82 Documentation and Report Writing
CCJS 2000 Workplace Readiness 2: Professionalism and Self-Growth
GENE General Education Course

Semester 3
CCJS 3 Advanced Legislation for Justice Studies
CCJS 200 Interviewing Skills and Case Management
CCJS 300 Management of Disruptive Behaviour
CCJS 105 Identifying and Working with Diverse Populations
INTN 1011 Community and Justice Services Field Placement 1
CCJS 3000 Workplace Readiness 3: Placement Seminar

Semester 4
CCJS 1 Intervention Strategies In Addictions
CCJS 104 Community Program Planning and Implementation
CCJS 110 Intervention Strategies in Diverse Populations
INTN 2012 Community and Justice Services Field Placement 2
CCJS 4000 Workplace Readiness 4: Career Planning
General Education Online

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details


Health Requirements

Current immunization requirements for your program include: 

  • Two TB skin tests 
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria 
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) 
  • Hepatitis B immunization and post-immunization titre 


for your clinical/practical placement.  THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.


Questions regarding completion of this form can be submitted to:

Note:  Full-time students coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1, can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.


Life is what you make it.

For me, up until two years ago, when I decided to apply to the CJS program at SLC, my life was a full-time, minimum-wage position in a dead-end job I hated. So, I decided I would apply and see where life could take me next.

Fast forward two years later, and I cannot believe how absolutely crucial that decision was. Community and Justice Services really says it all. A well-rounded scholastic experience, tied in with not one, but two community-based placements in the field, have highlighted career aspirations and an underlying passion for what I do. I will be continuing my education in the fall to turn my diploma into a degree.

Life is what you make it, so make it happen.

Rebecca McLauchlan

Program Contact

Derek Davies

Admissions Information

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International Students Contact:

Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events. 

The health of each applicant (physical and emotional) accepted into the program must be such that he/she can cope with the program of instruction, including field place­ment; meet the public health requirements of field placement settings; engage in moder­ate physical activity in semester one with increasing levels of fitness in subsequent semesters. Students must complete basic First Aid and CPR prior to the beginning of semester three.

Field placements for the program cover the entire range of correctional, social service, and educational agencies. To be eligible for field placement, students must have com­pleted all academic courses, be emotionally stable, and be prepared to act in a profes­sional manner, as defined by the program. Travel and shift work are required during the entire field placement period.
Criminal Background Check: Applicants are advised that Criminal Back­ground Checks (CBC) conducted by the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) are required for most field placement sites in this program. Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in placements and program completion may not be possible. At­taining and paying for a CBC and Vulnerable Sector Screening (OPP) is the responsibility of the student, and these may have to be re­newed every three to six months. Applicants with criminal records are advised to contact the Associate Dean/Campus Dean of the respective school prior to applying.

Advanced Standing

Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.
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