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Make a difference! Primary Worker/Kimisinaw: Correctional Officer II

Reference number: PEN23J-019789-000052
Selection process number: 2023-PEN-EA-NAT-184687
Correctional Service Canada
Abbotsford (British Columbia), Edmonton (Alberta), Maple Creek (Saskatchewan), Kitchener (Ontario), Joliette (Québec), Truro (Nova Scotia)
CX-02 - Primary Worker/Kimisinaw
$70,958 to $89,068

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

Information on employment equity

Closing date: 13 February 2024 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents 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.

Permanent (Full Time) positions. These positions involve shift work, shifts vary by institution.

With more than 20,000 employees, Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) plays a key role in contributing to public safety, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, at our 43 correctional institutions, 91 parole offices and 14 community correctional centres across Canada. Join us to help change lives and protect Canadians!

Primary Workers/Kimisinaws* (CX-02) play a vital role as the first line of contact for offenders. They handle both security tasks and case management. They carry a caseload of two to four offenders, listen and respond to offenders' concerns, document information and events, participate in case conferences for decision-making and prepare a variety of reports and recommendations.

*A Primary Worker at a women’s institution is comparable to a Correctional Officer II (CX-02) at a men's institution. The Kimisinaw (Cree word for older sister) is a Primary Worker that works specifically at the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge for women offenders.

The Correctional Service of Canada is seeking interest from persons looking for an exciting and rewarding career as a Primary Worker/Kimisinaw in a women’s institution or healing lodge. This role is similar to that of a Correctional Officer I in a men's institution but comes with a higher classification and added case management responsibilities.

We also strongly encourage you to apply for the position of Correctional Officer I.



Candidates who have passed all stages of evaluation and who are selected must complete the Correctional Training Program (CTP), which includes two (2) 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.

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 room and board fees already covered for recruits at this same stage of CTP.

Indigenous candidates may be eligible for additional funding through an Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ISET) stakeholder. For more information on how to access training support dollars, please consult the following website to access a service delivery organization at https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/indigenous-skills-employment-training/service-delivery-organizations.html.

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

If you want to reapply for the position of a Primary Worker/Kimisinaw, the retest period is 180 days from the date of elimination at either the written exam or interview/reference stage.

If you have also applied or are thinking of applying for Correctional Officer I and/or Correctional Officer II Healing Lodge, please note that some parts of the assessment process (like medical evaluation, security clearance, psychological assessment) are the same for all three selection processes; as such the results and related waiting periods would also apply to those selection processes.

Work environment

We believe that our employees are the cornerstone of achieving our goals. This is why we offer them a positive and inclusive work environment that is worthy of their dedication and professionalism. We promote career advancement by providing opportunities to develop and acquire new skills and competencies. We value diversity as well as the use of both official languages (English/French).

CSC remains committed to developing and maintaining a strong, inclusive, and diverse workforce that not only reflects the Canadian population, but also the populations we serve. We celebrate diversity at CSC! We are making targeted efforts to recruit and retain diverse employees. In fact, CSC is the largest employer of Indigenous peoples in the core public administration. We believe that our ability to deliver accessible and inclusive services is realized when we recognize and retain the most diverse range of thoughts, experiences, and skills. We work hard to create an environment where all perspectives and experiences are valued. We are committed to helping diverse talent thrive.

We encourage women, Indigenous peoples (Aboriginal peoples), persons with disabilities, and members of visible minority groups to apply and declare themselves as part of one or more of the Employment Equity groups as selection may be limited to candidates belonging to one or more of the groups.

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.

For an overview of the Primary Worker/Kimisinaw position and women’s corrections, please visit the following website: https://www.csc-scc.gc.ca/002/002/002002-0009-en.shtml

We strongly encourage you to complete the Self-Assessment Questionnaire, see following link https://www.csc-scc.gc.ca/careers/003001-0006-en.shtml#pw2. This questionnaire will give you a better idea of the role, requirements, skills and expectations related to a Primary Worker/Kimisinaw position.

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
Not all positions in the Government of Canada are bilingual! Positions may ask for knowledge of English only, French only, or both English and French.

Language requirements by region:
Atlantic Region - English only or both English and French
Quebec Region - French only or both English and French
Ontario Region - English only or both English and French
Prairie Region - English only
Pacific Region - English only

Information on language requirements

A secondary school diploma (high school), 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.

*A federal government equivalency test arranged by CSC.

If your education was obtained outside Canada, you must get an equivalency assessment. Contact the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials to find out which organizations across Canada perform these assessments (www.cicic.ca).

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.

Ability to acquire and analyse information, take appropriate action and make recommendations
Ability to motivate, positively influence, and empower offenders in women’s institutions to make meaningful and responsible choices
Demonstrating integrity and respect, including the CSC Values*
Working effectively with others
Showing initiative and being action oriented
Effective communication skills

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

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


Graduation from a recognized post-secondary institution with a degree or a diploma.

Degree equivalency

Recent and extensive experience in performing correctional operational duties in a Correctional Service of Canada institutional environment.
Experience working in a correctional, policing, security, military, or emergency response environment.
Experience working with people in a multi-cultural environment, including Indigenous communities or organizations.
Experience working with vulnerable people in a work or volunteer environment (i.e. homeless, long-term care, people in conflict with the law).

Knowledge of the broader historical factors that have contributed to the over-representation of Indigenous peoples in the criminal justice system, as well as the reconciliation process.

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: Indigenous peoples (Aboriginal peoples), racialized groups, persons with disabilities and women.

For positions at the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge - In accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement signed between Correctional Service of Canada and the Nekaneet First Nation, preference may be given to Nekaneet First Nation members.

Conditions of employment

The candidate must successfully complete a Correctional Service of Canada Correctional Training Program (CTP) and the Women Centered Training program (WCT).*


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.

*Restrictions include, but is not limited to, situations where the driver requires a supervising passenger, number of passengers restriction, time of day restrictions, highway restrictions, medical restrictions, ignition control equipment restrictions.

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

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 residency.

Applicants are entitled to participate in the selection process in the official language of their choice (English/French).

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 candidates’ overall conduct and communications, including email correspondence with CSC or third-party organizations, throughout the entire selection process may be used in the assessment process.

Please note that if you have previously participated in a Primary Worker/Kimisinaw 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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