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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne

Prepare for diverse career options in correctional institutions, open and secure custody facilities, group homes, and private agencies.

From day one, you’ll get hands-on experience at the Wendigo Lake Expeditions youth open custody facility, where you'll participate in hands-on activities designed to develop your team-building, facilitation, and leadership skills. This experience will be your first introduction to youth-centered justice services with classes in the remaining semesters effectively comparing and contrasting the unique needs, challenges, and care requirements of at-risk youth, young offenders, and adults.

This will be followed by tours of adult and youth correctional institutions (criminal record check required), scenario training, and a 400-hour placement. You’ll also take specialized courses related to corrections and learn from numerous guest speakers currently employed in the field who will share their tips, stories, and an outstanding breadth of knowledge.

You will develop interview, security, safety, case management, communications, facilitation, and therapeutic intervention skills and become prepared to develop constructive working relationships with hard-to-serve populations, persons at risk for being in conflict with the law, offenders in the community, and inmates in our institutions.

The final five weeks of the program will be spent on campus engaging in specialized training related to crisis intervention, self-defense, suicide, and mental health first aid.

Program Highlights

  • 2 years – 4 semesters
  • 10-week placement (400 hours)
  • Tours of the local jail, a local youth centre, a federal minimum and medium security prison, a super jail, and a mental health centre in semester one
  • Hands-on training in safety and security, interviewing, observation, and reporting writing in the College’s scenario room that features three cells
  • Guest speakers from federal, provincial, and community corrections
  • Faculty with over 30 years of field experience in federal and provincial adult corrections and youth justice
  • Specialized training in emerging issues and certification for:
    • Self-defense training

    • Non-violent crisis intervention (CPI)

    • Suicide intervention (ASIST)

    • Mental Health First Aid


This program includes a 10-week placement experience in the final semester where students are involved in an unpaid work experience for 350-400 hours. Where possible, the location of placement will correspond to the student's preferred choice of vocation. Field placement is restricted to students who have successfully completed or are completing all required courses.

4D Learning Opportunities

Cambrian College Criminal Justice Association (CCCJA) – Students who are members of this association are involved in school and community events that help develop their résumé, gain leadership skills, and add develop community contacts.

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How to Apply

Law and Justice

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), (U), or (M)


  • Any grade 11 physical education (O)
  • Computer competency in relevant software

Additional Requirements

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 350 hours. Please consult The Enrollment Centre for the exact tuition fees for this option as it can result in additional fees.

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.


Program Delivery

Semester 1 - Fall 2016
Semester 2 - Winter 2017
Semester 3 - Fall 2017
Semester 4 - Winter 2018

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
CWP 1210Corrections In Canada 3
CWP 2310Community Corrections 3
LAW 1010Canadian Criminal Justice 3
ENG 1002College Communication 3
PSY 1050Introduction To Psychology I 3
The following General Education course:  3
Physical Fitness And Wellness I 3
 Term Credits: 18
Semester 2
CWP 1211Law For Correctional Workers 3
CWP 1002Youth Justice 3
CWP 2311Administration Program Plan. 3
ENG 1126Commun. Skills/Justice Students I 3
PSY 1106Interpersonal Tactical Response 3
SOC 1205Social Issues/Social Welfare in CA 3
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Personal Finance 3
Dementia 3
Positive Psychology 3
Media and Current Events 3
Negotiation Labour Relations 3
Human Sexuality 3
Intro to Indigenous Studies 3
 Term Credits: 21
Semester 3
CWP 2340Int., Counsel., Case Mgt. 3
CWP 2350Safety Security 3
CWP 2365Field Placement Seminar I 1
CWP 2450Observation and Report Writing 3
LAW 1200Special Populations in Corrections 3
PSY 1003Concurrent Disorders, Mental Health Addictions 3
SOC 1210Introduction To Criminology 3
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Negotiation Labour Relations 3
Personal Finance 3
Dementia 3
Positive Psychology 3
Human Sexuality 3
Media and Current Events 3
Intro to Indigenous Studies 3
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 4
CWP 1000Field Placement Seminar II 9
CWP 2471Field Placement 10
 Term Credits: 19
 Total Credits: 80

Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)

The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $4,005.48. Next year's tuition fees will be available by May 1, 2016.

Tuition Fee (International Students)

The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $13,964.00 for two semesters of study. Next year's tuition fees will be available by May 1, 2016.

Books & Supplies

The estimated cost of books and supplies for 2015-2016 is approximately $1,100 for first year. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment 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 and Youth Services
  • Private and non-profit community organizations

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.

University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at university and may receive credit for their College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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