Hiring process - Primary worker/Kimisinaw - Training and appointment

Once all of the previous steps have been successfully completed, candidates will be eligible to attend the Correctional Training Program and will be invited to attend a future training session. An information package providing details about the program will be provided.

7. Correctional Training Program (CTP)

CSC offers neither salary nor allowance during the CTP; however, travel and meal allowances may be available during the in-class portion (Stage 3) depending on location of residence. Recruits are not required to pay for tuition or any learning material to attend the CTP.

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 please consult Employment and Social Development Canada to access your local agreement holder.

The training program required for all Primary Workers/Kimisinaws is called the Correctional Training Program. The CTP is a blended learning approach conducted in a variety of settings, including on-line learning at home and in classrooms, gymnasiums and exercise fields. Primary Worker/Kimisinaw recruits are trained to handle chemical and inflammatory agents and how to intervene effectively with women offenders. They also participate in self-defense and other physical training; therefore, it is important to be in good physical condition.

Candidates must be willing to undertake training at the CSC National Training Academy located in Kingston, Ontario.

The Correctional Training Program (CTP) is divided into three Stages:

  • Stage 1 - Online learning
  • Stage 2 - Pre-session online assignments and material
  • Stage 3 - In-class training at the CSC National Training Academy

Stage 1: Online learning requires four (4) weeks to complete.

Once Stage 1 has been successfully completed, candidates may be selected to participate in Stages 2 and 3 of CTP based on CSC needs. A conditional offer of employment will be provided indicating the site of employment upon successful completion of the training program. The following conditions outlined in the letter must be met prior to appointment and maintained during employment:

  • Passing the pre-employment medical exam prior to the first day of the in-class portion (Stage 3) of the CTP;
  • Obtaining a valid Standard First Aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) 'Level C' with automated external defibrillator (AED) certificate from a qualified provider approved by any province/territory in Canada, and in accordance with Part XVI of the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.
  • Meeting the psychological requirements as determined by Correctional Service Canada.
  • Successful completion of Stage 3 of the CTP.

Additionally, recruits must possess a valid and unrestricted provincial or territorial motor vehicle driver's license. For positions in Quebec, candidates must possess a valid Class 4A driver's license (Emergency Vehicle) granted by the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ). If your license expires, is removed or suspended during the CTP you must immediately notify CSC.

Stage 2: Pre-session assignments, which are also completed online, require approximately two (2) to four (4) weeks to complete. 

Stage 3: In-class training will take place at the CSC National Training Academy. This Stage includes sessions in law & policy, chemical and inflammatory agents, fire safety, self-defense and arrest & control techniques, use of batons as a defensive technique, suicide prevention, the Engagement and Intervention Model, as well as the Women-Centered Training (WCT) program specific to the Primary Worker/Kimisinaw positions. This stage of training is twelve (12) to thirteen (13) weeks in duration.

During Stage 3 of the CTP, progress, behavior, values and ethics are continually assessed and you will be provided feedback throughout the Program. It is important to note that you can be released from the training program at any time.

8. Appointment

Once Stages 1, 2, and 3 of the Correctional Training Program have been successfully completed and all conditions of employment - as well as occupational certification requirements - have been met, an offer of employment will presented confirming the start date and location of employment.

Relocation Assistance

Employees who are required to move in order to live within a reasonable distance of their work location will be offered relocation assistance up to $5,000 for moving expenses. Please see the Integrated Initial Appointees Relocation Program (IIARP) for details.