Correctional Service of Canada Profile

This section contains a summary of what CSC does and how we do it.

CSC is an agency within the Public Safety Portfolio, which is comprised of five key federal agencies dedicated to public safety: the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Parole Board of Canada (PBC), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), and CSC. There are also review bodies: the Office of the Correctional Investigator, the Office of the Inspector General of CSIS, the Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP, and the RCMP External Review Committee. The Public Safety Portfolio is designed to address a range of risks to the safety and security of Canadians - from crime affecting the lives of individuals, to natural disasters, terrorism and other threats to national security. The Portfolio allows for a continuum of service delivery - from prevention to response, including, for example, emergency preparedness, crime prevention, border management, emergency response, law enforcement, corrections, and parole. The creation of the Portfolio in 2003 enhanced our ability, among other things, to make Canada's communities safer. CSC contributes directly to this goal.

The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that Canadians are safe in their communities. CSC has the fundamental obligation to contribute to public safety by actively encouraging and assisting offenders to become law-abiding citizens, while exercising reasonable, safe, secure, and humane control in its institutions, and effectively supervising and intervening while they are under conditional release in the community.

What We Do

CSC contributes to public safety by administering court-imposed sentences for offenders sentenced to two years or more. This involves managing institutions of various security levels and supervising offenders on different forms of conditional release, while assisting them to become law-abiding citizens. CSC also administers post-sentence supervision of offenders with Long Term Supervision Orders for up to 10 years.

CSC is organized to provide effective correctional services in a fiscally responsible manner, through three levels of management: national, regional, and local operations.Footnote 1

National Headquarters: Provides support to the Commissioner and the Executive Committee and delivers services to all of CSC such as: correctional operations; communications and engagement; human resource and financial management expert advice; national investigations and audit; performance assurance; policy and planning; program development; functional leadership on Women offender and Aboriginal offender initiatives; research; legal services; health services; corporate services and information management.

Regional Headquarters: Provides management and administrative support to National Headquarters by monitoring the delivery of programs and services; developing regional policies; developing plans and programs for performance measurement; providing human resources and financial management support; coordinating federal / provincial / territorial relations and public consultation; managing health services to offenders and providing information to local media, the public and stakeholders. The regions are also responsible for providing direction and supervision over local operations.

Local Operations: CSC manages 53 institutions, 16 Community Correctional Centres, and 84 Parole Offices and sub-offices across the country. There are four main institutional security level classifications and they include: maximum, medium, minimum and multi-level.Footnote 2

Stony Mountain Institution, Prairie Region
Stony Mountain Institution,
Prairie Region

Partnerships We Have

CSC is working with internal and external partners to facilitate the expansion and renewal of human and technological resources and of physical infrastructure. Under the leadership of a team of CSC personnel who represent a rich and diverse range of professional expertise and correctional experience, we ensure that renewal initiatives are consistent with both our primary mandate of contributing to public safety and our direction established in 2008.Footnote 3

CSC partners with various non-governmental organizations and private aftercare agencies to provide structured living environments to assist offenders with gradual and supervised transition to the community. CSC has approximately 200 contracts with community residential facilities such as hostels, private home placements and alternative community beds.