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Saint André Bessette Catholic Secondary School
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Justice and Emergency Services


At St. Andre Bessette, we offer a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) in Justice, Emergency and Community Safety enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace.

This sector includes areas such as Emergency Services, Emergency Management, Community Safety Administration, Correctional Services, and the Armed ​Forces. With its low rates of unemployment and high future retirement rates, this sector offers excellent prospects for employment.​



The SHSM–Justice, Community Safety, and Emergency Services has the following five required components:

1. A bundle of eight Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits

For a checklist of required Grade 11 and 12 Courses, click on the following link: SHSM Required Courses - Justice.pdf

These credits make up the bundle:

  • four justice, community safety, and emergency services major credits that provide sector-specific knowledge and skills. The four courses must include at least one Grade 11 and one Grade 12 credit, and may include one cooperative education credit related to the sector. (This cooperative education credit would be additional to the two that are required in the bundle; see below);
  • two other required credits from the Ontario curriculum, in each of which some expectations must be met through a contextualized learning activity (CLA) for the justice, community safety, and emergency services sector. The two credits include:
    • one in English and
    • one in Mathematics;
  • two cooperative education credits that provide authentic learning experiences in a workplace setting, enabling students to refine, extend, apply, and practice​ sector-specific knowledge and skills.

2. Seven sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs

The SHSM in justice, community safety, and emergency services requires students to complete seven sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs. Of these, four are compulsory and the remaining three are electives that must be chosen from the list in the following table. Note that items in the table that are capitalized are the proper names of specific certifications or training courses/programs that are appropriate for the SHSM. Items that are lowercased are names of the areas or categories within which specific certifications or training courses/programs should be selected by the school or board. The requirements are summarized in the table below.

Four (4) compulsory
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C – includes automated external defibrillation (AED)conflict resolutionStandard First AidWorkplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) – generic (i.e., not site-specific) instruction


Three (3) electives from the list below
advanced training in a technique (e.g., climbing)ambulation, lifting, and transferanimal first aidbasic electrical safety
compass/map/global positioning system (GPS)confined space awarenesscustomer servicedefensive driving
emergency preparedness - basicemergency response techniquesemergency services tools (e.g., fire hose)ethical considerations
fire extinguisher usegeographic information system (GIS)group dynamicshealth and safety - basic
incident managementleadership skillslegal terminology/ language of lawlegal/administrative procedures (e.g., handling subpoenas)
life saving (Bronze Cross)lockout/taggingmarine safety/marine first aidmilitary - basic
non-violent crisis interventionpersonality inventoryPleasure Craft Operatorradio operator
SafeTALKsafe weapon handlingsearch and rescueself-defence
wilderness first aidwilderness survivalWorking at Heights 

3. Experiential learning and career exploration activities

Experiential learning and career exploration opportunities relevant to the sector might include the following:

  • one-on-one observation of a cooperative education student at a placement in the justice, community safety, and emergency services sector (an example of job twinning)
  • a day-long observation of a justice, community safety, and emergency services sector employer or employee (an example of job shadowing)
  • a one- or two-week work experience with a municipal government official or a professional in the sector (an example of work experience)
  • a volunteer experience accompanying an emergency first aid provider at a community event
  • a leadership experience in a school related to drug-use awareness
  • a visit to a detention centre
  • a monitoring experience in a traffic court or in a courtroom of a trial, which is open to the public
  • a visit to a fire hall or a military base, or attendance at an emergency services career fair

4. Reach ahead experiences

Students are provided one or more reach ahead experiences – opportunities to take the next steps along their chosen pathway – as shown in the following examples:

  • Apprenticeship: visiting an approved apprenticeship delivery agent in the sector
  • College: interviewing a college student enrolled in a sector-specific program
  • University: observing a university class in a sector-related program
  • Workplace: interviewing an employee in the sector

5. Essential Skills and work habits and the Ontario Skills Passport (OSP)

Students will develop Essential Skills and work habits required in the sector and document them using the OSP, a component of the SHSM.​



Occupations in the Justice, Community Safety, and Emergency Services Sector

Apprenticeship TrainingCollege
  • This sector does not yet offer apprenticeship training opportunities.
  • Air Traffic Controller 2272
  • Court Recorder 1244
  • Customs Officer 1228
  • Firefighter 6262
  • Forest Fire Officer 2223
  • Police Officer 6261
  • Security Manager 0114


  • Criminologist 4169
  • Disaster Relief Services Coordinator 0414
  • Intelligence Officer 0643
  • Lawyer 4112
  • Military Officer 0643
  • Policy Advisor 4164
  • Probation Officer 4155
  • Youth Worker - Corrections 4155
  • Animal Control Officer 6463
  • Animal Services Worker 6483
  • Bodyguard 6651
  • Correctional Officer 6462
  • Court Clerk 1443
  • Court Services Officer 6461
  • Emergency Centre Operations Officer 1211
  • Emergency Services Dispatcher 1475
  • Municipal Law Enforcement Officer 6463
  • Private Investigator 6465
  • Security Guard 6651
  • Soldier 6464