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Justice, Community Safety and Emergency Services

 
Get a jump-start on your career​
A Specialist High Skills Major allows you to focus on a career area that interests you while you earn your high school diploma. No matter what education you plan to pursue after high school—apprenticeship, college, university or workplace training—a justice, community safety, and emergency services major can help you focus on a future career.

 
Profile of the justice, community safety, and emergency services sector​
Police officer, firefighter, paralegal, soldier, emergency manager, correctional officer, conservation officer, border services officer, 911 dispatcher, lawyer – these are just some of the numerous and varied occupations in the justice, community safety, and emergency services sector.

 
Events such as the 1998 ice storm, “Y2K”, September 11, 2001 (9/11), the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak, and the August 2003 blackout have raised public and government recognition of this sector’s vital role in ensuring the safety of Ontarians. Ontario now has some of the most rigorous community safety legislation in North America, and since 9/11, governments, NGOs, and private enterprise have all greatly enhanced their efforts to ensure the public’s safety and security. With these efforts have come various new programs and significant staffing increases within the sector.

 
A Specialist High Skills Major in justice, community safety and emergency services offers:​
  • high school courses in grade 11 and 12 tailored to the career you want to pursue
  • the chance to work with industry leaders and experience cutting-edge training in justice, community safety and emergency services
  • experience working in the sector you're interested in, while you're still in high school
  • skills and work habits that are required in the justice, community safety and emergency services sector, using tools connected with the Ontario Skills Passport
  • recognition on your high school diploma
The justice, community safety, and emergency services major includes the following five components:​
  1. A bundle of eight grade 11 and 12 credits that comprise of:
    • four justice, community safety and emergency services major credits
    • two other required credits from the Ontario curriculum, in English and mathematics
    • two co-operative education credits tied to the sector 
  2. Seven sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs (four compulsory and a choice of three electives)
  3. Experiential learning and career exploration activities within the sector
  4. Reach ahead experiences connected with the student’s post-secondary plans
  5. Development of Essential Skills and work habits required in the sector, and documentation of them using the OSP
Sector-recognized certification and training​
As part of the justice, community safety and emergency services major, you will earn seven certifications, including the following that are compulsory:
  • Standard First Aid
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C
  • conflict resolution
  • generic instruction about the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
Future career paths for justice, community safety and emergency services majors​
For justice, community safety and emergency services majors, possible careers include:
  • apprenticeship –  this sector does not yet offer apprenticeship training opportunities
  • college –  air traffic controller, court recorder, law clerk, paralegal, firefighter, forest fire officer,  police officer, customs border services
  • university –  criminologist, forensics and criminology, lawyer, military officer, policy advisor, probation officer, youth worker – corrections, politics
  • entry level workplace – animal control officer, court clerk, court services officer, emergency services dispatcher,  municipal law enforcement officer, private investigator, security guard

 

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