What type of jobs exist at CSC?

As part of the CSC team, your job is to provide a safe, secure and positive environment for offenders, staff and citizens. Working for CSC often means working with offenders.

CSC offers career opportunities in:

Front-line positions

Front-line staff work directly with offenders. They work together with colleagues to develop each offender's correctional plan. They encourage offenders to participate in reintegration programs.

Correctional officer

Correctional officers (COs) maintain the safety and security of federal penitentiaries. They:

Institutions operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Correctional officers (COs) must be able to work shifts, variable hours, weekends and statutory holidays. COs may be required to work overtime.


As a correctional officer, you will:

Correctional officer II - Healing Lodge


As a correctional officer II - Healing Lodge, you will:

As a correctional officer II in a Healing Lodge, you can work at:

Healing Lodges operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Correctional officers (COs) must be able to work shifts, variable hours,  weekends and statutory holidays.  COs may need to work overtime.

Primary worker/Kimisinaw (Correctional officer II)

Primary workers/Kimisinaw are the first line of contact for women offenders and play a vital role within the women's facilities. Their role is dual in nature as they perform security and case management-related duties. Not only do they maintain the safety and security of the institution, through the application of strong dynamic and static security but they also assist women offenders in achieving the objectives of their correctional plan; this in turn helps the women successfully reintegrate into the community.

They work as part of an interdisciplinary team composed of psychologists, behavioural counsellors, parole officers, and other interventionists. They contribute to the development of each woman offender's correctional plan and encourage the women to participate in reintegration and healing programs.

As a primary workers/Kimisinaw, you can work at:

Institutions operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Primary workers must be able to work shifts, variable hours, weekends and statutory holidays. Primary workers may need to work overtime.

The following five principles of Creating Choices form the foundation of CSC's correctional approach for women: empowerment, meaningful and responsible choices, respect and dignity, supportive environment, and shared responsibility.


As a primary worker, you will:

Review this presentation to discover what you can expect as a primary worker/kimisinaw:

Parole officer

Parole officers supervise and manage a caseload of multiple offenders. They assess an offender's behaviour, accountability and potential risk to society.

Parole officers develop a network of contacts to get accurate information about each offender's progress. They establish and maintain positive relationships with:

Some local travel may be required.


As a parole officer, you will:

Correctional program officer

Correctional program officers (CPOs) deliver important correctional programs to offenders (e.g. substance abuse and violence prevention programs) daily. They motivate and encourage offenders along the path to successful reintegration.

CPOs work with other CSC staff as part of the case management team. They share information about an offender's accountability and progress.

A CPO's schedule will vary. Occasionally they need to work evenings and weekends.


As a correctional program officer, you will:

Social program officer

Social program officers (SPOs) work directly with offenders. SPOs plan, organize, and deliver social programs daily.

Social programs help offenders rehabilitate and reintegrate into the community. They:

An SPO's schedule will vary. Occasionally they need to work evenings and weekends.


As a social program officer, you will:

Indigenous-specific jobs

Indigenous offenders are overrepresented in federal custody. CSC provides timely access to effective, culturally appropriate interventions for them. Indigenous-specific positions are those that help Indigenous offenders reconnect with the values, traditions and beliefs of their Indigenous communities while working alongside Elders and spiritual advisors.

Indigenous liaison officer

Indigenous liaison officers (ILOs) provide leadership, cultural awareness, counselling and other services to Indigenous offenders. They are a link between the offender and the Indigenous community.

ILOs work in both correctional settings and Indigenous communities. They occasionally need to work overtime hours.


As an Indigenous liaison officer, you will:

Indigenous community liaison officer

Indigenous community liaison officers (ICLOs) monitor, support and motivate Indigenous offenders. ICLOs work with Elders to facilitate, organize and coordinate:

ICLOs work with both individual offenders and groups. They work in the community, not in CSC institutions. ICLOs occasionally need to work overtime hours.


As an Indigenous community liaison officer, you will:

Indigenous community development officer

Indigenous community development officers (ICDOs) work with Indigenous offenders who want to return to their communities. ICDOs are part of an offender's case management team. They work closely with Elders, spiritual advisors  and other CSC staff.


As an Indigenous community development officer, you will:

Indigenous correctional program officer

Indigenous correctional program officers (ICPOs) deliver Indigenous correctional programs to offenders. These programs address, in a culturally sensitive way, positive behavioural change to reduce the likelihood of re-offending.


As an Indigenous correctional program officer, you will:

An ICPO's schedule may vary. Occasionally they need to work evenings and weekends.

ICPOs may be required to deliver non Indigenous correctional programs.

Correctional program officer: Review the duties of a CPO to understand the responsibilities of an ICPO.

Indigenous community engagement coordinator (ICEC) - Healing Lodges

ICECs develop, manage and implement the Institution’s volunteer strategy for the purpose of enhancing public safety by assisting in the safe reintegration of offenders. An ICEC creates and maintains partnerships with surrounding First Nations, especially those involved in the Memorandum of Understanding and/or Memorandum of Agreement at each specific Healing Lodge, local communities and other organizations and communities that might assist with rehabilitation, education, vocational training, and reintegration.


As an Indigenous community engagement coordinator, you will:

An ICECs schedule will vary and are required to work off site to conduct duties regularly.

Positions in health services

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is the largest employer of nurses and psychologists in the federal government. CSC provides appropriate interventions to address issues related to physical health, mental health and addiction. Different health care staff address these needs for offenders.

Transcript for A Career in Health Care at CSC video - Long version

Did you know that the Correctional Service of Canada is the largest employer of nurses and psychologists in the federal government? If you are a health care professional who is committed to making a difference in the lives of others, then CSC is the right fit for you. Our health care staff play a key role in addressing the immediate and long-term physical and mental health needs of offenders. We offer learning and professional development opportunities while supporting work/life balance.

To show you what it's like to work with us, we asked some of our health care professionals to speak about their work, the satisfaction they feel as well as the challenges they face within our facilities.

One of the main things I think that contributes to CSC being a great place to work is the opportunities that are available. I've been working with CSC as a social worker for the past three years, but there are quite a few opportunities to move into other areas but still work with the same population. So I can work as a Parole Officer, I can get experience in programs. It really just opens up the door so that if you find you are burnt out or if you find that you are not challenged in your current position, there's loads of avenues to get experience and work for the federal government.

We deal with a large variety of offenders here. A lot of offenders we have are very appreciative of the care. There's always security nearby, so even if you are intimidated by someone there's security. You need to be confident when you come into work and have quick medical answers for them. A lot of times, they're just looking for reassurance and they're generally easy to deal with.

My relationship with the inmates is very much a labour of communication, listening, teaching and treatment with respect to various physical and mental health problems.

What I like most about my role at CSC as a psychologist at the Regional Mental Health Centre is having individual therapy sessions with inmates to really delve into their trauma and look at how they can heal and overcome these problems, and then reintegrate into society.

I find a lot of times in talking with other nurses that have come into CSC that some of the ways that's changed them is that at the beginning they really do spend a lot of time thinking about working with offenders, but our nursing attributes come out in the end and working with the whole person becomes what we need to and want to do. And in the end, that changes you a little bit in a good way because you understand sort of the importance of humanity for everyone.

Working at CSC has made me a much more confident individual. I've gained the respect from a lot of different kind of individuals, both staff and offenders. And it's taken me, it's let me look at myself a little bit differently and I like what I see when I look at myself.

The greatest benefit of working at CSC for me is the diversity of the clientele.

The best part of my job really is coming to work. I enjoy my job. I enjoy what I do. I enjoy giving. I enjoy helping.

A regular day at CSC, I don't think there exists a regular day. In the institution, everything changes minute by minute. You can never come to work with a to-do list. Things just roll and you just have to be on top of your game.

Working at the Correctional Service of Canada can be rewarding for the right person. The ideal candidate for a career in corrections is someone who is compassionate and non-judgmental; someone who wants to help others. Health care professionals not only provide health care services for offenders, but also contribute to CSC's mission of helping offenders to become law-abiding citizens while exercising reasonable, safe, secure and humane control.

The feature that I find remarkable at the Correctional Service is the variety of tasks that can be completed at different areas. For me, it's managing finances and staff; and being part of various projects in the Quebec Region or at the national level.

CSC is a federal government agency, so on top of the things I like about my actual job - the autonomy and the helpfulness that you can provide for offenders, the interaction that you have with a lot of staff - on top of that, I've got a good decent pension, I've got a great annual leave and sick leave and family-related. There's all those types of benefits that people need to be aware of as well.

I think we're talking about an employer that is open to comments, may change slowly but here's what is being said and that is ready to make changes to ensure that it happens.

We are faced with many different dilemmas, be it ethical dilemmas. We deal with many different types of problems and that in itself can be very satisfying because we feel like we make an impact I think every day when we're dealing with the offenders.

The Correctional Service has a good work atmosphere. There is a lot of teamwork being done. We work with the guards, the health care professionals for all levels, doctors, optometrists, dentists, etc. There is a lot of interaction. We interact quite a bit with mental health too. It takes a lot of communication, trust and respect mutual respect.

I would have no hesitation whatsoever anywhere, anytime, recommending it as a place to work. We can certainly make more money on the street, but you have the opportunity here to work regular hours with a great bunch of people. And I find it very rewarding in terms of the relationship I have made with the staff and with many of the inmates in the institution. I really think we have a position here where we can make a huge difference in how health care is perceived by the inmate population.

A part of nursing at CSC that I find interesting is the expanded role. We are able to follow up, conduct in-depth investigations with our institutional doctor of course, but we are also often autonomous in what we can do.

At the Correctional Service of Canada we are looking for talented people, the kind who are engaged and passionate and who want to be part of shaping the future. CSC is committed to developing and maintaining a strong and diverse workforce that reflects the wider Canadian community that we serve. Whether you are a health care graduate or an experienced health care professional, CSC can offer you the kind of exciting and challenging experience that no other workplace can.

If you want to contribute to changing lives and protecting Canadians, join our team.



Nurses are the primary health care providers for federal offenders. Nationwide, CSC employs more than 700 nurses. They work in clinics located in institutions.

The services CSC provides in its clinics are similar to those found in your community. They differ by specializing in services that reflect the needs of the inmate population. For example, CSC clinics pay special attention to:

Nurses at CSC are more autonomous than nurses are normally in the community. They often make their own decisions based on:

Nurses work in shifts, including some weekends and statutory holidays. They occasionally need to work overtime.


As a nurse you will:

Psychologist and assistant psychologist

CSC enhances prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions. CSC is the largest federal employer of psychologists in Canada. It employs over 300 psychologists. These psychologists are world-renowned for:

Psychologists provide services in both correctional institutions and the community.

Psychology internships with CSC: Get information on CSC's accredited clinical psychology internships.


As a psychologist and assistant psychologist you will:


CSC pharmacists ensure the correct and safe supply of medical products to offenders according to professional standards. They are trained in all aspects of medication handling, including:

They work closely with other members of CSC's health-services team to review and follow up pharmaceutical care strategies.


As a pharmacist you will:

Social worker

Social workers help offenders reintegrate into the community by arranging community services for those with mental and physical health needs. They advocate and coordinate for the continuity of health-care services for offenders as they return to the community.

Social workers act independently. They make decisions based on their:

They also need to work well in a team setting to provide effective interventions and treatments to offenders.


As a social worker you will:

Other operational and professional jobs


Most tradespersons at CSC work in a team environment, with the assistance of three or four offenders. Many offenders choose to learn one of the many trades that CSC teaches. They include:

Learning a trade is a proven approach that allows an offender to get marketable skills. Offenders can often get credit towards a provincially certified trade apprenticeship for the time they spend developing these trade skills at CSC.

Related links

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