Job profiles

What Do CSC Employees Do?

Working for CSC often means working with offenders. As part of the CSC team, your job is to provide a safe, secure and positive environment for offenders. This is an essential element in helping offenders to reintegrate into society.

Here is an overview of the career opportunities CSC offers:

Male Correctional Officer in Uniform Two Female Correctional Officers in Uniform

Correctional Officer

Correctional Officers maintain the safety and security of federal penitentiaries. They monitor, supervise and interact with offenders. They regularly watch for signs that the safety of others or security of the institution might be at risk. When necessary, they take appropriate security measures.

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Female Primary Worker in Uniform

Primary Worker

Primary Workers are the main, daily contact for women offenders. Primary Workers are key members of the correctional team. They work with colleagues such as Psychologists, Behavioural Counsellors, Parole Officers, and others. Together, they develop each woman offender's correctional plan. They encourage the women to participate in reintegration programs.

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Female Parole Officer Working at her Desk

Parole Officer

Parole Officers work either within a correctional facility or in the community. They supervise and manage multiple offenders. This is referred to as a "caseload". They use policies and their professional judgement to provide written reports and recommendations to CSC and the Parole Board of Canada about offenders under their supervision.

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Male Correctional Program Facilitator Speaking with an Offender

Correctional Program Officer

Correctional Program Officers are essential to an offender's rehabilitation efforts. Every day, they deliver important correctional programs to offenders (e.g. substance abuse and violence prevention programs). They motivate and encourage offenders along the path to successful reintegration.

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Social Program Officer

In institutions every day, Social Program Officers plan, organize, and deliver social programs. These programs assist offenders with their rehabilitation and reintegration into the community. Programs can range from Community Integration Programs to Parental Skills Programs. They are designed to meet the social, cultural, and personal development needs of inmates.

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Female Aboriginal Liaison Officer

Aboriginal Liaison Officer

Aboriginal Liaison Officers provide leadership, cultural awareness, counselling and other services to Aboriginal offenders. They are a link between the offender and the Aboriginal community.

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Male Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer

Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer

Aboriginal Community Liaison Officers are based in the community, not in CSC institutions. They monitor, support and motivate Aboriginal offenders. They work both with individual offenders and with groups.

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Male Aboriginal Community Development Officer

Aboriginal Community Development Officer

Aboriginal Community Development Officers work with Aboriginal offenders who are interested in returning to their communities.

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Female Aboriginal Correctional Program Facilitator

Aboriginal Correctional Program Facilitator

Aboriginal Correctional Program Facilitators deliver culturally appropriate Aboriginal correctional programs to offenders. They work in partnership with Elders, and collaborate with parole officers. Programs are designed to address, in a culturally sensitive way, behaviours that increase an offender's risk to re-offend.

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Female Kimisinaw

Kimisinaw (Aboriginal Primary Worker)

Kimisinaws (Cree term for Older Sister) work on the front lines of the correctional system. They are the primary, daily contact for women offenders at a Healing Lodge. They work at CSC's Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge for Aboriginal women offenders on the Nekaneet First Nation near Maple Creek, Saskatchewan.

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Female Nurse Male Nurse


Nurses are the cornerstone of the Correctional Service of Canada's (CSC) Health Services operations. They are the primary health care providers for federal offenders. Nation-wide, we employ more than 700 nurses. They work in clinics located in our institutions.

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Female Psychologist

Psychologist and Assistant Psychologist

In the past decade, the number of offenders exhibiting signs of mental health and behavioural issues has increased significantly. The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is working to address this issue. We are now the largest federal employer of psychologists in Canada. Our team of over 300 psychologists are world-renowned for their work in developing risk assessment tools and contributing to corrections research.

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Female Pharmacist


Pharmacists are another key part of the Correctional Service of Canada's (CSC) Health Services team. They are responsible for providing essential pharmacy services for offenders. They assist in the operation of our Regional Pharmacies.

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Female Social Worker

Social Worker

Social workers are another important piece of the Correctional Service of Canada's (CSC) Health Services team. They provide expert advice and recommendations to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive clinical release plan for offenders.

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Male Tradesperson Welding Rivets


A key factor in the successful reintegration of an offender into the community is getting a job upon their release. Many offenders choose to learn one of the many trades that are taught at Correctional Service of Canada institutions.

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