Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Classification Counsellor

In this position, you will develop social histories and assessments of offenders at admission to determine attitudes, interests, desires and background. You will also evaluate needs and concerns, and determine placement recommendations.

Classification Counsellor

Are you a social work professional looking to take your career to the next level? If so, consider this opportunity with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services at the Thunder Bay Jail.

In this position, you will develop social histories and assessments of offenders at admission to determine attitudes, interests, desires and background. You will also evaluate needs and concerns, and determine placement recommendations.

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services offers a comprehensive and competitive compensation package, including:

  • A defined benefit pension plan
  • Maternity and parental leave top-up benefits
  • A comprehensive health and dental plan
  • Life and disability insurance
  • A progressive work environment that promotes work/life balance
  • Flexible learning and developmental opportunities, including online, training and mentorship programs
  • Opportunities for career advancement and specialization

The Ontario Public Service has been chosen as one of:

  • Canada's Top 100 Employers
  • Greater Toronto's Top 90 Employers
  • Canada's Best Diversity Employers
  • Canada's Greenest Employers
  • Top Employers for Canadians Under 40

What can I expect to do in this role?

You will:

  • Conduct ongoing, in-depth individual and/or group counselling or case work sessions, including crisis intervention in personal, institutional adjustment and other problems/needs
  • Conduct formal and/or informal discussions with psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, correctional/administrative staff, probation/parole officers and police to exchange information and to assist offenders in alleviating problems or concerns
  • Examine and evaluate community resources to determine those that would benefit offenders upon re-entry to the community and assist offenders in selecting and contacting the appropriate resource
  • Maintain an ongoing caseload, co-ordinate a case management process and prepare appropriate reports

Location: Thunder Bay

How do I qualify?

Mandatory Requirements:

  • You must currently be registered as a Social Worker in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

Social Work Knowledge and Skills:

  • You have demonstrated experience applying social work theories, principles and practices
  • You have experience developing rehabilitative treatment plans and psycho-social rehabilitation principles and techniques pertaining to assessments, individual/group therapy and crisis intervention
  • You have the ability to apply knowledge of community support services to assist in formulating discharge plans

Communication Skills:

  • You have proven ability to carry out assessment and counselling sessions with offenders and other concerned parties
  • You have the ability to effectively liaise with multi-disciplinary treatment team and community support services
  • You have the ability to prepare assessment, progress and statistical reports
  • You have interpersonal skills to demonstrate ability to advocate on behalf of the offender and employ tact, discretion and sensitivity

Analytical, Clinical and Problem-Solving Skills:

  • You can gather and compile data from multiple sources, identify client needs and develop or modify social work rehabilitative treatment and case management plans in consultation with offenders and case management team
  • You have the ability to evaluate effectiveness of program treatment/services
  • You have the ability to interpret and apply legislation related to client groups, such as the Ministry of Correctional Services Act, Mental Health Act and Freedom of Information Act
  • You have the ability to recommend appropriate classification for institutional program placement
  • You have the ability to ensure proper and consistent treatment implementation
  • You have the ability to provide information and advice to staff
  • You have the ability to identify issues that could potentially affect programs and offender activities

Computer Skills:

  • You have proficiency with computers, database and word processing software
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  • ability to input/retrieve data

• You can prepare reports and maintain case documentation and statistics

Salary Range:$1,143.42 - $1,451.80 per week

Additional information:

  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 12 months, 285 MacDougall St, Thunder Bay, North Region, Enhanced – Criminal Record (CPIC) Check, Fingerprint-based Criminal Record (CPIC) check, Vulnerable Service Sector Check 


In accordance with the Ontario Public Service Employment Screening Checks Policy, the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Please refer to the Additional Information / Address section above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

You will be responsible for obtaining the criminal record check at your own expense and provide it, along with your written consent, to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), HR Service Delivery Division to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional screening checks as indicated in the Additional Information / Address section above that were not obtained directly by you. (Note: If a Vulnerable Sector Screening/Check is required, it must also be obtained in person at your local police service.)

A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.

Please apply online, only, at, quoting Job ID 122195, by Friday, April 27, 2018. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code