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Program Details

  • Program Code:1206
  • School:School of Community and Health Studies
  • Credential:Ontario College Diploma
  • Program Type:Post-secondary program
  • Program Length:2 years/ 4 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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If you're fascinated with law and crime and want to help at-risk people and communities, the Community and Justice Services program is for you. 

Facilitated by the School of Community and Health Studies, Community and Justice Services courses will help you to gain the expert knowledge and practical skills to work in diverse settings that address youth and adult populations that are at risk, currently incarcerated involved with the criminal justice system, or involved in rehabilitation programs.

In this diploma program, emphasis will be placed on:

  • Prevention, intervention and rehabilitative strategies
  • Practical communication
  • Treatment approaches
  • Group dynamics
  • Program development and facilitation
  • Case management and security skills

This program will include more than 400 hours of placement in and around Greater Toronto Area jails, group homes, community centres, courthouses and schools.

Please note:

  • This program is taught using a combination of modalities. Courses may be delivered face-to-face, online, or in a blended/hybrid combination of both online and traditional classroom teaching. 
  • A minimum grade of C (60 per cent) is required to pass all courses in this program, including GNED, COMM and ENGL.

Program Highlights

  • Active participation in the Community and Justice Services program is essential as you'll learn counselling, case management, risk assessment, care and control, and crisis and suicide intervention skills.
  • You'll develop a professional portfolio.
  • The third and fourth semesters will include field placements two days a week, with the other three days spent in class.
  • The Community and Justice Services program has forged connections to the field that will provide you with an exceptional field placement learning experience and employment opportunities.
  • Hands-on experience, work with diverse client groups in a variety of settings, and exposure to the criminal justice and community services field will open doors to the employment market.

As a Community and Justice Services graduate, you'll demonstrate the ability to:

  • Communicate and work in a manner consistent with professional ethics and practice as well as a respect for self, others, and relevant law, policies and legislation;
  • Employ all relevant static and dynamic safety and security techniques to ensure the protection of the public, staff and clients in institutional, residential and community settings;
  • Intervene with clients, individually and in groups, to address and manage barriers to promote inclusion, positive growth and personal development;
  • Accurately, and in compliance with legal and organizational requirements, collect information, observe, monitor, record and assess client behaviour.
  • Assist in the prevention, management and resolution of conflict, crises and emergency situations using intervention strategies as prescribed by relevant legislative requirements and industry certification and/or standards;
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues, supervisors and community justice stakeholders to ensure a productive, professional and safe working environment;
  • Engage in program planning, implementation, assessment and evaluation to meet the needs of clients, staff, community and administration within the context of an interdisciplinary setting;
  • Apply knowledge of the history, philosophy and diverse models of corrective action, detention, rehabilitation, and reintegration to decision-making and institutional practices;
  • Develop and implement self-care strategies using self-awareness, self-inquiry and reflection;
  • Assess and respond to clients' strengths and needs, including complex responses impacted by mental health, addictions, and other social factors to support and promote positive change;
  • Promote inclusive practices within community and justice services to increase understanding within the community and meet the needs of diverse populations.

Global Citizenship and Equity Portfolio

You'll develop a portfolio documenting your engagement with the College's signature Global Citizenship and Equity (GC&E) competencies. For more information on GC&E, the GC&E portfolio and the supports available to you, please visit centennialcollege.ca/citizenshipandequity.

Program Outline

Program Outline

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Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

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Companies Offering Jobs

Organizations that have hired program graduates include:

  • Correctional Services Canada
  • Springboard Services
  • Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
  • Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
  • Salvation Army
  • Toronto District School Board
  • Toronto Bail Program
  • Kennedy House Youth Services

Articulation Agreements

Listed below are the credentials from partnering institutions that are available for this program.

Please note that each partnership has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the partner institution.

Partner Institution Degree
Algoma University

Bachelor of Arts - Community Development

Bachelor of Arts - Community, Economic and Social Development

Honours Bachelor of Arts - Community, Economic and Social Development

Bachelor of Arts - Law and Justice

Honours Bachelor of Arts - Law and Justice

Athabasca University

Bachelor of Professional Arts - Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Professional Arts - Governance, Law, and Management

Conestoga College

Bachelor of Community and Criminal Justice

Georgian College

Bachelor of Human Services - Police Studies

Guelph-Humber, University of Honours Bachelors of Applied Arts - Justice Studies

Humber College

Bachelor of Applied Arts - Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Social Science - Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Behavioural Science

Bachelor of Community Development

Lakehead University Honours Bachelor of Social Work - Criminology 
Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science - Criminology
Laurentian University Bachelor of Arts - Law and Justice
Nipissing University Honours Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
Ontario Tech University (UOIT)   Honours Bachelor of Arts - Educational Studies and  Digital Technology
Ryerson University Bachelor of Arts - Disability Studies
Seneca College Honours Bachelor of Crime and Intelligence Analysis

Please visit our website at www.centennialcollege.ca/admissions/applying/education-pathways/outbound-pathways for more information on articulation agreements.

Educational Partners

Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions. These pathway programs allow you to receive degree credit for learning obtained at Centennial College. Our partners include:

  • York University
  • Athabasca University
  • Ontario Tech University Advanced Entry Programs

Professional Associations

  • Canadian Criminal Justice Association
  • Criminal Justice Association of Ontario


  • Several President's Recognition Awards for Student, Graduate and Employer Satisfaction
  • 3 full-time faculty members have been nominated for the Wicken Teaching Excellence Award

Placement Partners

Community and Justice Services Field Placement partners include: Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Correctional Services of Canada, Ministry of the Attorney General, Springboard Services, Kennedy House Youth Services, Frontenac Youth Services, Salvation Army, Elizabeth Fry Society, John Howard Society, Toronto District School Board, Durham Regional School Board, York Regional School Board, Peel Regional School Board, Child and Family Native Services, JVS, Murray McKinnon Foundation

Career Outlook

  • Youth Worker
  • Correctional Officer
  • Youth Services Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Bail Officer
  • Court Officer
  • Program Facilitator
  • Agency/Institution Supervisor
  • Youth Counsellor
  • Outreach Worker
  • Child/Adult Advocate
  • Probation and Parole Officer (with degree)
  • Victim Services and other higher level positions in federal/provincial institutions.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2019.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $2,721.00 $1,168.00 $3,889.00
International $14,502.50 $1,677.00 $16,179.50

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