Application and selection process

Correctional Services

Careers in Corrections

Application and Selection Process

When you apply for a position in correctional services, all applications must be complete with all mandatory documents included. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only apply to advertised positions. Submissions made directly to the Correctional Services Recruitment Unit will not be accepted.

It can take six to nine months to complete all stages of the recruitment process. Only if you are successful in each stage of the process will you be contacted to proceed to the next stage. When you successfully meet all the requirements, an offer of employment will be extended.

Submitting your Application

Please include the following documents with your application package:

  1. Resume and covering letter
  2. Pre-employment Questionnaire (included on website with job advertisement)

You must apply to the job posting online.

Current openings:

There are currently no openings.

Selection Process

You need to successfully complete several stages in sequence before being accepted into training. Successful completion of the Correctional Officer Training and Assessment (COTA) program is the final stage of the recruitment process.

Stage 1: Application

  • To qualify, you must meet the basic requirements and follow the process outlined in the job advertisement.

Stage 2: Testing

If you meet the basic requirements of the correctional officer position, you will be invited to complete a series of ministry-administered written tests to determine whether you meet the aptitude, cognitive and behavioural requirements of the correctional officer position.

Note: Candidates attending the testing must bring a photocopy and two original pieces of government issued identification other than a health card or social insurance number. At least one piece of identification must include a photograph taken within the last five years. In addition, you must bring a photocopy and an original secondary school graduation diploma, transcripts or equivalency certificate to the training session. For additional information, see education requirements.

Acceptable photo identification

driver's licence
BYID Card
valid passport
Canadian citizenship card
Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL card)
permanent residency card
certificate of Indian Status
Canadian National Institute of the Blind card
Canadian Military Employment card or Canadian Military Family Identification card
Ontario Photo ID card

Acceptable non-photo identification

birth certificate
baptismal certificate
hunting licence
Outdoors Card
Canadian blood donor card
immigration papers













 

Stage 3: Fitness test for Ontario correctional officer applicants (FITCO)

To Book a formal FITCO test:

You must book your appointment directly with one of the colleges listed below via the contact information provided. There is a $70 fee per test.

  • You require FITCO paperwork at the FITCO formal testing session you attend. It must be properly filled out and witnessed. If your paperwork is not filled out or incomplete the appraiser will not be able to test you. You are not required to bring the paperwork to a FITCO practice session.
  • The paperwork includes:
  • OFT-01 Participant Information
  • OFT-02 PAR Q Plus –Please read this form in its entirety and follow the instructions when filling it out.
  • OFT-04 (Participant Informed Consent and Release)
  • OFT-05 (Participant Performance Declaration)
  • OFT-09 (Physicians Clearance)
  • Note: It is mandatory that all candidates who are 45 years of age or older require the Physicians Clearance as well as the additional paperwork listed.
  • Note: All candidates who are under 45 years of age do not require the physicians clearance unless you have underlying medical issues or answer “yes” to the questions on the PAR Q. Please follow the instructions in the PAR Q Plus.
  • Questions regarding FITCO should be sent to FITCO@ontario.ca
College Dates Contact information
Community colleges offering FITCO testing
Humber College
Lakeshore Campus Toronto
Bookings not currently available due to labour disruptions
Sunday, Dec. 3, 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10, 2:30 p.m.
calendardb.humber.ca
ce-sscs@humber.ca
Melissa.churly@humber.ca
Ph. 416-675-5005
Reference: TUTR 045
Sainte Famille High School
1780 Meadowvale Ave., Mississauga
Saturday, Nov. 25, 9:00 a.m., 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m
Saturday, Jan. 27, 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon
Saturday, March 10, 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon
Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon
Register your FITCO online at policefit.ca
Please use the registration link on the website.
La Cité Collégiale
Ottawa Campus
Sunday, Nov. 19, 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3, 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 21, 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 25, 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 25, 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 6, 3:00 p.m.
Register your FITCO online at policefit.ca
Please use the registration link on the website.
Mohawk College
Fennell Campus
Hamilton
Sunday, Nov. 19, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, Nov. 26, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 9:00 a.m.
Book a FITCO test at Mohawk College here.
Must book online via credit card.
Ontario Correctional Services College
467 Beach Blvd, Hamilton
Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m.
You must send a request if you would like to attend a FITCO formal testing session.
Based on availability you will be sent a registration email.
FITCO@ontario.ca
St. Clair College
Chatham Campus
Healthplex Gym
Bookings not currently available due to labour disruptions
Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
St. Clair College FITCO
St. Clair College
Windsor Campus
Main Campus Gym (Main Building)
Bookings not currently available due to labour disruptions
Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 2, 2108, 6:00 p.m.
Friday, April 13, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
St. Clair College FITCO
psoulliere@stclaircollege.ca
Sir Sanford Fleming
Peterborough Campus
Wellness Centre, Gym A
Bookings not currently available due to labour disruptions Candidates can pre-register at the Fleming College website or by contacting the Continuing Education Office at 1-888-269-6929 using a Visa or Mastercard only.
Fanshawe College
1001 Fanshawe College Blvd.
London
Building C 1052
Bookings not currently available due to labour disruptions To book FITCO practice or a formal testing
session please call 519-452-4444
Practice Sessions $40
FITCO Testing $70
Questions  519-639-7923 or
email sjacklin@fanshawec.ca
Niagara College
Welland Campus
Sunday, Nov. 19, 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10, 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Niagara College FITCO
Georgian College
Orillia Campus
Bookings not currently available due to labour disruptions
Saturday, Nov. 25, 9:00 a.m.
Georgian College CRN 25818
Course Code JUST 0059
Rob Reid 705-728-1968, ext. 1024
College Boreal
21 LaSalle Blvd.,
Sudbury
Bookings not currently available due to labour disruptions
Friday, Dec. 1, 9:00 a.m.
Emilie.Lacroix@collegeboreal.ca
Monteith Correctional Complex
3052 Rese Rd.
Monteith
Friday, Dec. 1, 9:00 a.m. Joseph.winkworth@ontario.ca
OCSC – CSRU
Fort William First Nation Arena,
Community Room,
200 Mission Road
Thunder Bay
Friday, Dec. 1, 2:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 8, 2:30 p.m.
Joseph.winkworth@ontario.ca
OCSC - CSRU Algoma Remand and Treatment Centre
800 Great Northern Road
Sault Ste. Marie
Friday, Dec. 15, 9:00 a.m. Joseph.winkworth@ontario.ca
Seven Generations Education Institution
240 Veterans Drive
Kenora
Thursday, Dec. 7, 4:00 p.m. Joseph.winkworth@ontario.ca

To book a practice and familiarization session:

Practice and familiarization sessions are available at the locations noted below. You must register in advance for these sessions.

Familiarization sessions
College Dates Contact information Fee
Ontario Correctional Services College
467 Beach Blvd, Hamilton
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 28
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 12, 19
FITCO@ontario.ca You must send a request if you would like
to attend a FITCO practice and familiarization session.
Based on availability you will be sent
a registration email.
All practice sessions start at 7:00 p.m.
No fee.
Trades Building (New Site)
290 Fennel Avenue West
Hamilton, Ontario
Thursday, Nov. 16, 23,
Thursday Dec. 7
FITCO@ontario.ca You must send a request if you would like
to attend a FITCO practice and familiarization session.
Based on availability you will be sent
a registration email.
All practice sessions start at 6:00 p.m.
No fee.
  • Additional testing sites are under consideration. Updates will be posted on this website as they become available.
  • You can schedule FITCO testing session from the participating college’s continuing education website or through the college contact. There is a $70 fee for the test, payable to the college.
  • Upon successful completion of the FITCO test you will receive a certificate. This certificate may be used to apply for positions within one year of the issue date.
  • Participating colleges may also be providing FITCO familiarization, practice and training sessions. Check with the continuing education website of your preferred college.

Note: FITCO familiarization sessions will be offered free of charge at the Ontario Correctional Services College. For information on dates/times, please contact the Correctional Services Recruitment Unit.

Successful completion of the FITCO testing is required again in order to graduate from the Correctional Officer Training and Assessment (COTA) program.

Stage 4: Enhanced security clearance

  • You must receive enhanced security clearance to be considered for the correctional officer position.
  • You will be required to attend Ontario Provincial Police stations for fingerprints and complete and submit documentation for vulnerable sector security clearance to your local police service (if different than the OPP).
  • You will be provided with further information, including detailed instructions and forms to complete the enhanced security process should you be invited to attend an orientation/testing session.
  • You are responsible for the costs of the enhanced security clearance, which may vary by jurisdiction, but are generally less than $75 in total.

Note: If you have not been a resident of Canada or the United States for at least five years, you must provide a security clearance letter from the police or municipal office from your former country of residence indicating that you do not have a criminal record, ties to organized crime and are not a security threat to Canada.

If you have lived outside of Canada or the United States within the past five years you must provide a security clearance letter from the police or municipal office of your former country of residence indicating that you do not have a criminal record, ties to organized crime and are not a security threat to Canada.

Stage 5: Interview

§ If you successfully pass through stages one through four, you will be invited to attend an interview to further discuss your qualifications and experience.

Stage 6: Conditional offer of employment

  • If you are successful in the interview process, you will receive a conditional offer of fixed term employment.
  • The offer will be conditional upon you:

• obtaining pre-employment medical clearance that confirms your ability to perform the tasks of the correctional officer position, and

• successful completion of the Correctional Officer Training and Assessment (COTA) program administered by the Ontario Correctional Services College.

Pre-Employment Medical
You must arrange for your own medical appointments. The pre-employment medical will include hearing and vision tests. You are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining pre-employment medical clearance and any related tests.

Correctional Officer Training and Assessment Program
You must complete an eight-week training and assessment program in order to receive a letter of appointment from an institution. For further information on the COTA program, see Correctional Officer Training and Assessment.