Pharmacists are key members of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) Health Services team. They are responsible for the provision of essential pharmacy services for offenders under CSC custody and supervision, while assisting in the operation of Regional Pharmacies.
CSC pharmacists ensure the correct and safe supply of medical products to offenders, according to professionally accepted standards. They are trained in all aspects of medication handling, including:
CSC Pharmacists are also responsible for ordering and maintaining stock of pharmaceutical supplies while working with institutional health care teams and encouraging the selection of optimal, cost effective drug therapy. On site institutional visits may be required to help achieve pharmaceutical care plan goals.
With an overall objective of improving the status of Canada’s federal inmate population, CSC pharmacists work closely with other members of the health care team (nurses, physicians, psychiatrists) to ensure appropriate review and follow-up of pharmaceutical care strategies.
CSC Health Services provides the same range of pharmacy services that can be found in a community setting, while specializing in services that reflect the needs of the inmate population.
Your work as a pharmacist with CSC will support public safety by helping offenders reintegrate into the community after receiving professional treatment appropriate for their health needs.
CSC has a presence from coast to coast - from large urban centres with increasingly diverse populations, to remote communities across the North.
CSC operates under three levels of management: National, Regional, and Institutional/Parole Offices. The National Headquarters in Ottawa performs overall planning and policy development for the Service, while each of the five regional offices implements CSC activities within the Pacific, Prairie, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic regions.
CSC operations include 57 penitentiaries at minimum, medium, maximum and multi-level security classifications. These institutions include specialized facilities for women offenders, Healing Lodges designed to address the needs of Aboriginal offenders, Regional Treatment Hospitals and Regional Treatment Centres that provide mental health intervention to offenders.
CSC also operates 16 community correctional centres and partners with 175 Community Based Residential Facilities for offenders on some form of conditional release. As well, CSC operates 84 parole offices and sub-offices in every region of Canada.
Prescription services for these institutions, centres and facilities are provided by one of five regional pharmacies located in Moncton, Kingston, Abbotsford, Saskatoon and Laval.
CSC is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce that is reflective of Canadian society. We encourage licensed Pharmacists of all ethnicities, cultures, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities to seek employment with CSC.
CSC is a large government agency with a wide variety of occupations. Depending on your interest and skill set, career opportunities exist in a variety of positions in the organization, both within an institutional and community setting, as well as at regional or national headquarters.
About the selection process
CSC job opportunities are periodically posted on www.jobs.gc.ca. In addition, you can send your resume to a regional recruitment representative in your area. Applicants are screened according to essential education and experience listed on the advertisement.
Applicants’ abilities, skills and personal suitability may be assessed with an interview.
As a CSC employee you will be provided with the new employee orientation program.
You will also be provided with support, guidance, and the coordination of a continuous learning programs by the Health Services Branch in each region and at National Headquarters.
Ready to apply?
Please visit www.jobs.gc.ca to learn more about the job opportunities currently available at CSC.