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WE'RE HIRING! Correctional Officer I

Reference number: PEN22J-019789-000019
Selection process number: 2022-PEN-EA-NAT-171301
Correctional Service Canada
Abbotsford, BC; Agassiz, BC; Bath, ON; Campbellford, ON; Cowansville, QC; Donnacona, QC; Dorchester, NB; Drumheller, AB; Drummondville, QC; Edmonton, AB; Grande Cache, AB; Gravenhurst, ON; Innisfail, AB; Kingston, ON; Laval, QC; La Macaza, QC; Mission, BC; Port-Cartier, QC; Prince Albert, SK; Renous, NB; Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, QC; Saskatoon, SK; Springhill, NS; Stony Mountain, MB; Winnipeg, MB.
CX-01 - Correctional Officer I
$66,974 to $84,045

For further information on the organization, please visit Correctional Service Canada

Closing date: 21 June 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

On October 6, 2021, the Government of Canada announced details of its plans to require vaccination across the federal public service.

As per the new Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the Core Public Administration Including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (link: https://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pol/doc-eng.aspx?id=32694), federal public servants in the Core Public Administration and members of the RCMP must attest to their vaccination status. The requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated applies whether they are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site. This is a condition of employment and it applies to indeterminate (permanent), determinate (term), casual, and student hiring. Should you reach the point in the selection process where it is necessary to verify terms and conditions of employment then the hiring manager or a human resources representative will contact you in order to complete an attestation.

Please note, if you are currently involved in a Correctional Officer I process (actively being evaluated or have applied and are waiting for evaluation at any stage) you do not need to re-apply to this Correctional Officer process. The current pandemic situation has delayed the assessment process, but those who have previously applied remain active in the process and will continue to be considered.

Our greatest organizational hiring needs are at the following locations:

Prairies Region
Drumheller Institution (Drumheller, AB)
Edmonton Institution (Edmonton, AB)
Grande Cache Institution (Grande Cache, AB)
Bowden Institution (Innisfail, AB)
Saskatchewan Penitentiary (Prince Albert, SK)

Pacific Region
Kent Institution (Agassiz, BC)

Quebec Region
Port-Cartier Institution (Port-Cartier, QC)
Archambault Institution (Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, QC)
Regional Reception Centre (Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, QC)
Federal Training Centre (Laval, QC)

Note: In addition to the above high-need locations, this pool may be used to staff other positions across Canada.

Candidates will receive an email invitation to complete an online Correctional Officer I Candidate Questionnaire via Survey Monkey within three weeks of submitting an application. Failure to complete the questionnaire within the prescribed time will result in your elimination from this selection process.

For screening and assessment purposes, all communications related to this selection process will be by email. Therefore, candidates must include a valid email address in their application. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that this address is functional and that it accepts messages from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email) and frequently check their inbox and JUNK/SPAM folders. It is also the candidate's responsibility to ensure accurate information is provided and updated as required.

Candidates who have passed all stages of evaluation and who are selected must complete the Correctional Training Program (CTP), which includes two online training phases, and a 14 week in residence training phase at the CSC Training Academy in Kingston, ON, Summerside, PEI or another training site.

If you wish to reapply to a Correctional Officer I selection process, the retest period is 180 days from the date of elimination at either the written exam or interview/reference stage. There is also a retest period of two (2) years for the psychological assessment from the date of elimination. The psychological assessment for Correctional Officer I is also used for Primary Worker/Kimisinaw (women’s institutions) and Correctional Officer II Healing Lodge; as such the retest period would also apply to those selection processes.

You will not be assessed more than once in the same selection process.

Work environment

Correctional Officers I are essential to fulfilling the Correctional Service of Canada's (CSC) mission of enhancing public safety by actively encouraging and assisting offenders to become law-abiding citizens, while exercising reasonable, safe, secure, and humane control.

We strongly encourage you to complete the Self-Assessment Questionnaire at the following link https://www.csc-scc.gc.ca/careers/003001-0006-en.shtml#cx1. This questionnaire will give you a better idea of the role, requirements, skills and expectations related to a Correctional Officer I position.

When you apply to the CSC Correctional Officer selection process, you need to be aware that not all institutions will have positions available and a process is in place to allow you to indicate your preference; however, there is a chance you may be offered a position that isn’t included in your preferred options. While CSC will endeavor to offer candidates one of their desired work locations, offers will be based on organizational needs. Please consult the CSC Institutional Profiles at https://www.csc-scc.gc.ca/institutions/index-eng.shtml for information regarding the various Institutions.

Note: Women’s institutions and healing lodges employ Primary Workers/Kimisinaw and Correctional Officer II’s respectively. For more information on these positions, please visit our website https://www.csc-scc.gc.ca/careers/003001-0004-en.shtml.

For further information on the department, work environment, careers at CSC and application process, please visit our website at http://www.csc-scc.gc.ca.

Intent of the process

This is an ongoing inventory, the applications received will be periodically accessed and selected applicants will be contacted for further assessment.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Various language requirements
English Essential
French Essential
Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB
Bilingual Imperative --B/--B

Information on language requirements

A secondary school diploma, or a satisfactory score on the Public Service Commission (PSC) test approved as an alternative to a secondary school diploma; or successful completion of a provincially/territorially approved secondary school equivalency test.

Note: Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency. For further information, please consult the link below.

Degree equivalency

The candidate must obtain and maintain a valid Standard First Aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) 'Level C' with automated external defibrillator (AED) certificate from a qualified provider approved by any province/territory in Canada, and in accordance with Part XVI of the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.

Demonstrating integrity and respect, including the CSC values*
Thinking things through
Working effectively with others
Showing initiative and being action-oriented

* https://www.csc-scc.gc.ca/acts-and-regulations/001-cd-en.shtml#1

Ability to communicate effectively orally

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)


Experience working with ethnocultural or Indigenous peoples, communities or organizations.

Ability to communicate orally and/or in writing in a language other than English or French that is reflective of the offender population.

Employees must be able to work shifts, variable hours, weekends, and statutory holidays.
Employees may be required to work overtime.

Member of an Employment Equity group: Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities and women.

Conditions of employment

The candidate must successfully complete the CSC Correctional Training Program (CTP).*

* https://www.csc-scc.gc.ca/careers/003001-0002-en.shtml#10

Prior to appointment, candidate must possess a valid unrestricted driver's license that conforms to provincial or territorial requirements. As a condition of employment, candidate must maintain valid unrestricted driver's license throughout employment.

For the province of Quebec: Possess a valid Class 4A driver’s license (Emergency Vehicle) granted by the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ).

The candidate must meet the medical requirements of Health Canada in accordance with Treasury Board Guidelines.

The candidate must also meet the psychological requirements determined by Correctional Service of Canada.

Enhanced Reliability Status.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

Correctional Service of Canada recruits receive an allowance of $400/week, up to a maximum of $5,600 for 14 weeks, during Stage 3 of the Correctional Training Program. This allowance, paid bi-weekly, is in addition to the meal and hospitality fees already covered for recruits at this same stage of CTP.

Indigenous candidates may be eligible for an allowance for participation in CTP Stage 3 through either the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) or a local Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ISET) stakeholder. For more information on how to access training support dollars please consult the NWAC website at https://www.nwac.ca/iset/ or scroll through the following website to access a local agreement holder at https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/indigenous-skills-employment-training.html.

We also promote the recruitment of Canadian Veterans and releasing Canadian Armed Forces personnel: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/jobs/services/gc-jobs/canadian-armed-forces-members-veterans.html.

Candidates who are permanent residents will also be required to provide proof of permanent resident card.

Applicants are entitled to participate in the selection process in the official language of their choice.

All job applications must be submitted through the Public Service Resourcing System (PSRS).

Candidates will be required to pay for their own travel expenses when attending all required assessments.

A top down selection and/or random selection may be applied at any stage of the selection process.

Please note that if you have previously participated in a Correctional Officer I selection process with the Correctional Service of Canada, your results may be applied to the current selection process. This will be confirmed during the assessment stage of the selection process. You are required to submit an application to this selection process to be considered for further assessment.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

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