CSC's Profile and Mandate

Correctional Service Canada is the federal government agency responsible for administering sentences of a term of two years or more, as imposed by the courts. CSC is responsible for managing institutions of various security levels and supervising offenders under conditional release in the community.

CSC manages over 2000 buildings, with a total building area of 1,400,000 m2 including:

  • 43 Institutions (4 Aboriginal Healing Lodges)
  • 16 Community Correctional Centres
  • 92 Parole offices

In addition, CSC has partnerships with non-government organizations. These partner agencies operate approximately 200 community residential facilities across the country, providing accommodation, 24-hour supervision, counseling and programming to help offenders who have been released under supervision to successfully reintegrate into the community.

CSC is investing in new infrastructure to better manage a complex and diverse offender population. These investments will lead to safer, more secure penitentiaries and ultimately enhance public safety.

Over the past three years, CSC has been building new living units in many of its existing institutions to add more accommodation spaces at penitentiaries across the country.

Okimaw Ochi Healing Lodge, 
Prairie Region


CSC, as part of the criminal justice system and respecting the rule of law, contributes to public safety by actively encouraging and assisting offenders to become law-abiding citizens, while exercising reasonable, safe, secure and humane control.



Respectful behaviours honour the rationality and dignity of persons — their ability to choose their own path, within lawful order, to a meaningful life. A good test of respectful behaviour is treating others as we would like to be treated.


A complex value in both theory and practice, fairness involves balancing conflicting interests, and exercising impartiality, objectivity, equality, and equity in interpersonal relationships. Similar to respect, a good test for fairness is to treat others as you would like to be treated.


Professionalism is a commitment to abide by high ethical standards of behaviour as well as relevant group standards, and to develop and apply specialized knowledge for the public good. Professionalism is anchored in a commitment to integrity — a commitment to uphold our values in even the most difficult circumstances.


Inclusiveness is a commitment to welcoming, proactively accommodating and learning from cultural, spiritual, and generational differences, individual challenges, and novel points of view.


Accountability involves the notion of being willing and able to explain, answer to and justify the appropriateness of actions and decisions. Accountability is applicable to everyone within CSC. Accountability is also about accepting and ensuring responsibility — providing necessary support, feedback, and oversight.

Matsqui Complex, Pacific Region