Overview

The International Relations Directorate, the Federal, Provincial/Territorial Relations Directorate and the Strategic Policy Directorate form the Strategic Policy and Intergovernmental Relations Branch. The Branch, along with the Research and Rights Redress and Resolution Branches, comprise the Policy and Research Sector.

The International Relations Directorate of CSC is chiefly responsible for establishing and maintaining the CSC network of criminal justice contacts while sharing information on CSC policies, programs, operations and management practices to address shared problems and challenges. In addition, the directorate develops and manages bilateral and multilateral corrections technical assistance projects. CSC has undertaken these activities with a variety of countries, which include exchanging visits and sharing correctional information and expertise. CSC also contributes to international corrections and overall criminal justice reform by participating in peace-building and reconstruction missions as a member of different multilateral organizations.

This website focuses on international engagements over approximately 5 years. However, if information preceding this time frame is required, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sharing Information Internationally

CSC has gained international recognition as a correctional leader, and as a valued source of information and expertise in the international justice and corrections communities. This is reflected in the number of requests from international correctional jurisdictions to visit CSC facilities, learn about programs, and observe management practices.

CSC has also provided technical assistance to various countries such as Algeria, Barbados, Czech Republic, Hungary, Namibia, Slovakia, St. Lucia, and Sweden. Technical assistance includes a variety of interventions and joint projects, including program and operational assessment, policy development, and training.

International Cooperation

Visits to CSC

In 2005/06, CSC hosted 60 international delegations who wished to learn from CSC's knowledge and experience in order to support their own correctional reform and development processes. The many different delegations that have visited CSC in the past few years have hailed from around the globe, and are as diverse as Australia, China, England, France, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Tanzania, the United States, Zambia and many, many more!

The delegations come to Canada to observe various facets of CSC and to obtain information and ideas for their own correctional enterprises. Countries may have a specific area of interest, or they may opt for a general understanding of how CSC is organized and run. CSC tries to accommodate the visiting party's objectives to the greatest degree possible. Common items on a delegation's agenda are: institutional tours; program information and strategies in areas such as drug treatment, women offenders, aging or life-sentence offenders, violent/sex offenders, and Aboriginal offenders; correctional planning and risk assessment; information on CORCAN; research and analysis; restorative justice initiatives; security; prison industry and offender employment; and, offender health services.

Often new initiatives and projects are born out of a short visit by an enquiring country. Many of these have proven fruitful for both nations in terms of the exchange of best practices and in accomplishing Canada's international policy objectives of sharing knowledge and resources towards the promotion of peaceful, democratic and humane solutions to social challenges.