Apply for a job at CSC

To ensure Correctional Service Canada (CSC) hires the right people for the job, it bases its selection process on merit and the standards of:

  • fairness
  • transparency
  • efficiency

CSC's hiring process

CSC assesses candidates on their knowledge, abilities and personal suitability for the job. CSC uses the Government of Canada (GC) jobs site to advertise its current opportunities.

The steps to apply for a job with CSC include:

  1. create a GC jobs account
  2. search for a job
  3. review the requirements of the position
  4. apply
  5. electronic screening
  6. assessment of abilities
  7. interview and reference check
  8. psychological assessment: security positions only
  9. pool of candidates
  10. Correctional Training Program: security positions only
  11. appointment

CSC may eliminate you at any stage of this process. Once your application passes electronic screening, staffing will notify you at each step of the process with further instructions.

Note: There is a more detailed application process for the positons of correctional officer and primary worker/kimisinaw. Each step in this hiring process identifies to which position(s) it applies.

Eligibility requirements to work for CSC

Only Canadian citizens and permanent residents can work for CSC. If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident but are still interested in working in Canada, you can find more information here:

You can also find more information about working or immigrating to Canada:

Step 1: create a GC jobs account

You will need a GC jobs account to apply for a position with CSC. Follow these instructions to get your account:

Having an account also allows you to:

  • create a user profile that will match you to current advertised jobs
  • view the status of applications you previously submitted
  • view your scheduled tests or test results

Note: The email address you use to create your account is a unique identifier. It helps us to maintain the confidentiality of your application. Therefore, two people cannot use the same email address to apply.

Step 2: search for a job

Remember to visit GC jobs daily. CSC only posts some positions for 24 hours!

When you have a GC jobs account you can search CSC's postings, when available:

You can filter these lists by using the Refine search fields in the left-hand column.

Sign up for e-mail alerts or create a saved search to simplify your job search.

Step 3: review the requirements of the position

CSC encourages you to review information about the position extensively before you apply to CSC. The requirements of the job are included in its advertisement on the GC jobs website. These requirements usually include:

  • essential qualifications
  • conditions of employment
  • security and reliability
  • language requirements

You should also be aware that CSC's operating environment could present some complex challenges. This includes interaction with an offender population that may have:

  • extensive histories of violence and violent crimes
  • previous convictions
  • affiliations with gangs and organized crime
  • higher rates of infectious diseases
  • serious substance abuse histories
  • serious mental health disorders

Extra information for security positions

Correctional officers, primary workers and kimisinaws:

  • will have to work shifts, some weekends and some statutory holidays
  • may need to work overtime
  • are considered entry level positions, many go onto pursue fulfilling careers as:
    • drug detector dog handlers
    • correctional program facilitators
    • correctional managers
    • parole officer

Correctional officers and primary workers wear a uniform while on duty: kimisinaws do not.

Primary workers and kimisinaws also have a caseload and perform case management functions.

Are you suitable for a security position

These self-assessment questionnaires can help you decide if you are suited to be a:

CSC strongly encourages you to complete the questionnaire before you apply. It provides a greater understanding of the role, requirements, skills and expectations of the position. Situations presented in the questionnaire are part of the position's daily work. It helps determine personal suitability for the position.

The self-assessment questionnaire is not an official assessment tool used by CSC for hiring. Please do not send this questionnaire with your application.

Other information about federal jobs

Before applying, you may also be interested in reviewing the:

Step 4: apply

You can apply for as many positions as you want. All positions require separate applications.

When you find a posting that interests you, follow these steps to apply for the job:

  1. select the Apply online link in the advertisement: applying online allows you to:
    • quickly get all of the relevant information to the right people
    • update your profile at any time to ensure that your information is readily up-to-date
  2. complete each section in the list of Requirements
  3. select Submit application when you have completed all requirements
  4. to edit your application before the closing date, select Retrieve application
  5. after editing your application, repeat step 3 to resubmit your application

Note: You must submit your application before the closing date and time indicated on the job advertisement. CSC will not consider applications received after the closing date. Since some positions are only posted for 24 hours, CSC encourages you to check daily for other opportunities at:

  • Government of Canada jobs

For information on alternate application procedures for persons with disabilities, or for Indigenous/Inuit persons living in remote areas, contact 1-800-645-5605.

Your application stays in the Submitted job applications section of your account until the closing date. After the closing date, your application moves to the Status of job applications page.

For information on the nearest public internet access location, you can call:

  • 1-888-780-4444
  • 1-800-465-7735 (for hearing impaired / speech impaired persons)

If you cannot access the internet in your area, contact the:

Tips for applying

Update your resume before you apply.

Pay particular attention to each job advertisement. To avoid being screened out, you must use concrete examples to demonstrate that you meet the essential education and experience qualifications.

Read the entire job advertisement. It may contain information on what to include with your application.

Do not send your application via e-mail to the contact listed on the job advertisement, unless the advertisement says it is an acceptable form of submission.

Can you apply with a criminal record?

If you have a criminal record, you can apply for a record suspension with the Parole Board of Canada. Record suspensions were formerly known as pardons. A record suspension allows people who were convicted of a criminal offence to have their criminal record kept separate and apart from other criminal records.To be eligible for a record suspension you must:

  • have completed your sentence, and
  • demonstrated you have been a law-abiding citizen for a prescribed number of years

The Parole Board of Canada may order, deny or revoke record suspensions for convictions under federal acts or regulations under the:

For more information, refer to the:

Step 5: electronic screening

CSC screens applications on citizenship, education and experience.  CSC will select only applicants who are Canadian citizens and who meet the essential education and experience components for further assessment. Staffing will contact you if your application passes screening.

Step 6: assessment of abilities

CSC may use different forms of assessment to evaluate if your abilities meet the requirements of the position. Written testing is the most common form of assessment used.

You must bring at least two pieces of valid government-issued photo identification to assessment session(s).  If you fail to bring the required documents, you will not be able to complete the assessment.

Extra information for security positions

If selected for further assessment, you must complete and return the pre-employment questionnaire. Afterwards CSC will invite you to undergo two written tests, which will assess for:

  • correctional officers, your ability to:
    • use reasoning to assess problems and determine solutions
    • communicate effectively in writing
    • summarize information accurately
  • primary workers/kimisinaws, your:
    • judgement: personal suitability criteria
    • ability to communicate effectively in writing

Step 7: interview and reference check

If successful on assessment and testing, CSC will invite you to an interview which will assess your:

  • abilities
  • personal suitability

CSC will validate your:

  • asset education and work experience
  • references

If invited to interview you must bring:

  • two pieces of photo identification
  • contact information for two work-related references
  • proof of education and/or equivalency, and
  • for security positions:
    • valid and unrestricted driver's license
    • proof of certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) level C, automated external defibrillator (AED) and first aid

At the time of the interview, you must complete:

  • personnel screening consent and authorization form
  • medical form
  • fingerprinting

Step 8: psychological assessment: security positions only

Pre-employment psychological assessments are reliable and valid predictors of personal suitability and job performance. Their objective is to evaluate specific personality characteristics that will ensure a candidate's suitability for a security position. Candidates will need to complete a questionnaire and then a structured clinical interview.

This assessment follows the standards of both the Canadian Psychological Association and American Psychological Association. It is valid on both genders, as well as on various cultural and linguistic groups in the Canadian and American populations. For the purposes of CSC security positions, the norm comparison group is a Canadian law enforcement population. Licensed clinical psychologists conduct the psychological assessments.

Step 9: pool of candidates

CSC places successful candidates in a pool of:

  • partially-qualified candidates who are eligible to participate in the Correctional Training Program (step 10): for security positions
  • qualified candidates who may be offered appointment (step 11): for all other positions

Step 10: Correctional Training Program: security positions only

All security personnel need to complete the Correctional Training Program (CTP). The CTP is a blended learning approach conducted in a variety of settings, including:

  • on-line learning at home and in classrooms
  • gymnasium
  • exercise fields
  • the firing range: correctional officers only

CSC trains recruits to:

  • handle firearms: correctional officers only
  • handle chemical and inflammatory agents
  • participate in self-defence and other physical training
  • intervene effectively with women offenders: primary workers and kimisinaws only

The Correctional Service of Canada recruits now receive an allowance* of $400/week, up to a maximum of $5,600 for 14 weeks, during the third stage of the Correctional Training Program (CTP). This allowance, paid bi-weekly, is in addition to the meal and hospitality fees already covered for recruits at this same CTP stage. Administrative procedures for payment of the allowance are initiated upon arrival at the Training Academy.

*Individuals who receive a salary as a public servant are not eligible. Recruits who already receive a salary or financial compensation through another program while they participate in CTP are responsible to inform the parties concerned.

Stages of CTP

CSC divides CTP into three stages:

Stage 1: online learning

Online learning needs four weeks to complete.

If you successfully complete stage one, CSC may select you to participate in Stages 2 and 3 of CTP based on need. If selected you will get a conditional offer of employment indicating where you will be working if you successfully complete stage three of CTP.

You must meet these conditions before your appointment and maintain them during employment:

  • pass the pre-employment medical exam: before day one of stage 3
  • get a valid standard first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with automated external defibrillator (AED) certificate (level 3): from a qualified provincial or territorial provider in accordance with:
  • meet the psychological requirements as determined by CSC
  • possess a valid and unrestricted provincial or territorial motor vehicle driver's license - positions in Quebec must possess a valid Class 4A driver's license (emergency vehicle) from the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ)

Note: If your license expires, is removed or suspended during the CTP you must immediately notify CSC.

Stage 2: pre-session online assignments and material

You complete pre-session assignments online. They need about two to four weeks to complete.

Stage 3: in-class training at the CSC National Training Academy

If you are an Aboriginal candidate, you may be eligible for an allowance for your participation in the CTP Stage-3 through your local Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASET) stakeholder. For more information on how to access training support dollars, consult your:

In-class training occurs at the CSC National Training Academy. This stage of training is 12 to 13 weeks in duration. It includes sessions in:

  • law and policy
  • chemical and inflammatory agents
  • fire safety
  • self-defence
  • arrest and control techniques
  • use of batons as a defensive technique
  • suicide prevention
  • the Engagement and Intervention Model
  • firearms: for correctional officers only
  • the Women-Centered Training (WCT) program: for primary workers and kimisinaws only

During stage three, facilitators continually assess:

  • progress
  • behavior
  • values and ethics

You will get feedback throughout the program.

Note: CSC could release you from the training program at any time.

Step 11: appointment

CSC will present you with an offer of employment if you:

  • successfully complete all stages of CTP: for security positions only
  • meet all conditions of employment
  • meet occupational certification requirements

This offer confirms the start date and location of employment.

Relocation assistance

CSC offers relocation assistance to employees who need to move to live within a reasonable distance of their work location. The amount equals up to $5,000 for moving expenses. For details, refer to:

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