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Community and Justice Services

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Program Code: 11171
Credential: Diploma
Start Dates: January, September
Program Length: 4 semesters
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Humber is proud to have the highest graduate employment and employer satisfaction rate of the GTA colleges based on Colleges Ontario’s key performance indicators for college graduates in 2022-2023.

Program Overview

Humber’s Community and Justice Services diploma program will prepare you to help create safe and healthy spaces by applying a social justice, critical theory, inclusive and anti-oppressive lens while learning about community and institutional sectors of the justice system.   

Our curriculum:   

  • combines theory and applied skills and is delivered in dynamic and interactive ways 
  • emphasizes the importance of taking proactive rather than reactive measures to community needs 
  • focuses on the development of strong interpersonal, problem-solving, group dynamics, and non-violent de-escalation strategies, as well as assessment and intervention abilities    
  • gives you the tools to deconstruct oppressive systems and practices 
  • is regularly reviewed by our advisory committee, ensuring the program is always on the cutting edge of developments in the field 
  • prepares you for occupations where you will work with people in conflict with the law and other marginalized client groups
  • teaches you to develop community programs, understand correctional facilities, and engage in transformative change and restorative justice initiatives 

In addition, you will engage in an intensive 400-hour field experience, obtain field-related micro-credentials and participate in program initiatives that will give you the breadth of knowledge and experience needed to meet the demands of entry-level positions in the field of community and justice services.  

Our faculty  

  • are diverse, skilled, committed and have direct work experience within community agencies and institutional correctional services 
  • bring their strong educational credentials and active research in the field 
  • have strong ties to community agencies and initiatives. Combined, they bring expertise in areas such as program management, community development, consulting, international peacekeeping, risk assessments and crisis interventions, case management, mental health education and intervention, counselling, art therapy, youth violence prevention, policy development and advising, agency funding and accountability, probation, corrections and law enforcement 

Work-Integrated Learning  

You will have an opportunity to practice your skills and apply theoretical knowledge during a comprehensive 400-hour with one organization. This field experience is typically unpaid. Students will work in the field two days per week over Semesters 3 and 4 (200 hours each term). Alongside this experience, you will also complete coursework and attend a seminar class.

With the support of a dedicated field advisor, students will use job search skills to find, apply for and interview with organizations in order to secure their field experience. Once in the field, you will be supported by a seminar instructor who will guide you as you build your confidence and professional reputation.


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Community Partnerships

The Faculty of Social & Community Services has successful partnerships with an extensive list of agencies that provide placement/employment opportunities for Humber graduates. It is not unusual for some of our Faculty of Social & Community Services students to receive job offers before they graduate.


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Your Career

You will contribute towards creating safe and healthy communities. You may be involved in a variety of roles within the field such as:  

  • advocacy worker 
  • addictions support worker 
  • anti-violence worker
  • border officer 
  • case worker
  • closed custody support worker
  • community crime prevention worker 
  • community justice worker 
  • crisis intervention worker
  • housing support worker
  • law enforcement officer 
  • mental health support worker
  • open custody youth worker 
  • peer support worker
  • provincial or federal adult correctional officer 
  • provincial youth service officer 
  • residential worker 
  • restorative justice worker
  • settlement worker
  • victim services worker  

 You will gain the competitive edge that will qualify you for positions in a variety of settings such as:  

  • community-based advocacy agencies  
  • court settings  
  • institutional or community correctional settings  
  • law enforcement departments  
  • residences for persons in conflict with the law 
  • residences for persons who are unhoused 

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Canadian Criminal Justice Association (CCJA)

Graduates may apply to become members of the Canadian Criminal Justice Association (CCJA).

Criminal Justice Association of Ontario

Graduates may apply to become members of the Criminal Justice Association of Ontario.

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2024 - Aug 2025
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Humber is a publicly-funded institution and does not have a public-private partnership. International students graduating from Humber or Humber’s International Graduate School (IGS) are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

International Students in Canada who apply for May 2024 start could be eligible for a $1,000 Scholarship*. Apply now

Please note the new International Admissions Process and Provincial Attestation Letters. Read the update

Start dates between Sept 2024 - Aug 2025
START DELIVERY LOCATION STATUS
Sep 2024 Course-Based Lakeshore Open
Jan 2025 Course-Based Lakeshore Not Available

Humber is a publicly-funded institution and does not have a public-private partnership. International students graduating from Humber or Humber’s International Graduate School (IGS) are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

International Students Out of Canada can Apply through Humber International

Please note the new International Admissions Process and Provincial Attestation Letters. Read the update

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Global Speaker Webinar - Community Safety

Global Speaker Webinar - Community Safety

An exciting three-part Global Speaker Webinar was held for students in justice programs at the FSCS.

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Humber Alumni Spotlight: David Morales

Humber Alumni Spotlight: David Morales

The combination of my lived experiences and educational background has served as a catalyst to becoming a social justice advocate.

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Spotlight on Community Partners: Agencies Focused on Community Justice

Spotlight on Community Partners: Agencies Focused on Community Justice

The WIL Centre is excited to highlight a few justice-focused organizations in this edition.

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Contact Us

Admissions Questions

General Enquiries

Call 416-675-3111 or email enquiry@humber.ca. If you have already applied, be sure to check your application status on myhumber.ca.

Domestic Applicants Enquiries

Domestic applicants can book a one-on-one advising appointment with an admissions representative.

International Applicants Enquiries

Contact the International Centre for information about full-time programs (including the International Graduate School), how to apply and to follow up on your submitted application.

Program-Specific Questions

Speak to the Program Co-ordinator about the course curriculum, projects and career options.

Tonia Richard, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3682
tonia.richard@humber.ca

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How To Become An Apprentice

Becoming an Apprentice

Find an employer willing to sponsor you as an apprentice.

Contact the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development to register as an apprentice.

Work with your employer approximately one year before attending Humber.

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Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

If you’re in high school – grade 11 or 12 – you can earn co-op education credits through work placements in some skilled trades.

Visit OYAP 

How to Apply

Domestic Students

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program.

To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber’s program pages, search by availability, or ontariocolleges.ca.

To see where you are in the admissions process, visit the Admissions Road Map.

International Students

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Need Advice?

Program Advising Appointments

Get help narrowing down your program options or book a one-on-one pre-enrolment advising appointment with one of our Recruitment Officers.

Transfer & Pathway Advising

Book a virtual appointment with a Student Mobility Advisor learn more about getting Transfer Credit(s) for previous post-secondary experience, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), and Pathways options.

Admission Requirements

Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Admission selection is based on the following three requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
      • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
      • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above

    or

    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet all listed course requirements.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a credential evaluation. Note, for international High school education course by course evaluations, ICAS must be used. For international post-secondary education, a WES evaluation must be provided. In situations where you expect to apply for transfer credit, it is recommended that a course by course WES evaluation is completed.

International Academic Equivalency

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Placement Requirements

Within the first two semesters of the program, students may be required to complete:

  • Valid Standard First Aid with CPR-C and Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
    Note: Students should attain or renew their certificates upon direction by Field Placement Advisor to ensure certificates do not become invalid by placement commencement date.
  • Some correctional agencies have standards for minimum hearing and vision. Employers who provide field placement opportunities may require students to undergo a vulnerable sector check for criminal offences. It is important for potential students to understand that the requirements noted above are beyond the control of Humber and may prevent students from completing the full program, including the field placement component, and/or securing employment. Applicants are advised to check the requirements for specific positions in which they are interested before enrolling in this program.
  • It is recommended that students complete a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer experience in a community or correctional setting prior to program entry.

Note: A vulnerable sector check will be requested during your program of study. In respect of the 90-day limit on validity of vulnerable sector checks and the types of checks required by various agencies, please do not attain a vulnerable sector check prior to being accepted to the program. Faculty will support students upon arrival to the program to ensure they apply for the correct type of police documentation at the appropriate time.

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Fees & Financial Aid

The 2024/2025 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $4,089.06
  • international: $17,693.20

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

CJS courses use course readers rather than textbooks reducing substantial costs to students per semester. Non-CJS courses may require the purchase of textbooks. 

Financial Aid, Scholarships and Bursaries

Understand the costs associated with coming to Humber and explore resources available from first year to your final year on Student Fees and Financial Resources.

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Explore Opportunities through Humber Pathways

Humber Pathways include:

  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.
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