CORCAN – Employment and Employability
The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is helping federal offenders get marketable job skills so they safely reintegrate back into the community.
CORCAN – An overview
CORCAN is a special operating agency within the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) that offers employment training and employability skills to offenders in federal correctional institutions, to support rehabilitation and help lower rates of re-offending.
As a key rehabilitation program for CSC, CORCAN uses on-the-job training to help offenders develop and practice essential employment skills. CORCAN also offers third party-certified vocational training in areas where the labour market is growing, including construction, trades and entrepreneurship training. Through CORCAN, offenders can get valuable on-the-job training that prepares them for jobs in trades such as carpentry, cabinet making, mechanic, electronic, welding, and auto repair. CORCAN also helps offenders learn and practice employability skills such as reliability, time management and working with others in a realistic work environment.
In addition to technical skills, CORCAN’S National Employability Skills Program (NESP) teaches offenders “soft skills” (e.g., communication, working with others, problem-solving, etc.) that are needed in all workplaces. NESP also gives offenders the chance to practices these skills in real work environments.
CORCAN operates in over 100 shops in 29 CSC institutions across Canada, including three community-based operations. CORCAN has four business lines: Manufacturing, Construction, Textiles and Services (such as printing and laundry).
CORCAN’s products and services are sold internally to CSC and externally, primarily to other federal government departments and agencies.
CORCAN by the numbers
Private and public sector partnerships are an important part of CORCAN’s work. For example, offenders are learning employment skills and getting training opportunities through:
Did you know? Research shows that:
For more information, please visit www.corcan.ca.
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Outcomes for Offender Employment Programs: Assessment of CORCAN Participation
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Does the Type of Community Employment Obtained by Offenders on Release Correspond with their Institutional Vocational Certification?
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