Social Worker

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, seeks an experienced Social Worker to provide professional social work services to offenders.

If you are an outstanding professional with a passion for social work and want to make a difference in people's lives, don't miss this exciting opportunity.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:

• Complete bio-psycho-social, suicide, mental health, risk/needs and professional/clinical assessment reports for the purposes of crisis intervention, counselling, classification, rehabilitative programs, reintegration planning and parole proceedings
• Conduct on-going, in-depth individual and/or group counselling and case work sessions
• Explore community resources and facilitate referrals for offenders re-entering into the community
• Provide individual and/or group rehabilitative programming
• Plan, develop and deliver rehabilitative/treatment programs and intervention strategies to address the social, emotional, criminogenic and/or psychological needs of offenders

Location: Ottawa

How do I qualify?


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

Specialized Knowledge and Experience

• You have in-depth knowledge of and practical experience in the theories, principles and practices of social work, normally acquired through a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) or Master of Social Work (MSW)
• You can develop rehabilitative program and treatment plans using bio-psycho-social rehabilitative/treatment theories, principles and techniques
• You can conduct individual and group therapy and crisis intervention
• You have knowledge of risk assessment tools and rehabilitative and treatment placement options in order to recommend appropriate offender classification placement
• You have knowledge of community support services to assist offenders in formulating reintegration plans

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

• You can conduct assessments and counselling sessions with offenders and other stakeholders
• You can liaise with correctional staff and community support services professionals
• You can engage, motivate, counsel and advocate on behalf of offenders
• You have strong writing skills to prepare case notes, assessments, progress and statistical reports
• You can demonstrate tact, discretion and sensitivity, and the ability to maintain strict confidentiality
• You can demonstrate cultural sensitivity and self-awareness in order to effectively collaborate with stakeholders

Analytical, Assessment and Problem Solving Skills

• You can gather and compile data from multiple sources to identify offender needs
• You can develop or modify rehabilitative, treatment, and case management plans
• You can make recommendations on appropriate classification of offenders
• You can assess offenders in crisis and apply appropriate therapeutic intervention
• You can evaluate program and treatment effectiveness

Planning and Organizational Skills

• You can manage competing priorities, meet deadlines, and contribute effectively as part of the team

Legislative Knowledge

• You can interpret, and apply relevant legislation (e.g., Ministry of Correctional Services Act, Social Work and Social Service Work Act, Personal Health Information Protection Act, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Mental Health Act, etc.), as well as operational policies and procedures

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

Additional information:

  • 1 Permanent - Full Time, 2244 Innes Rd, Ottawa, East 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 note that as of November 1, 2018, with the implementation of the Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015, the security screening check requirements for this position may differ from those described in this job ad.

Please apply online, only, at, quoting Job ID 128833, by Wednesday, October 24, 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.