Correctional Services is committed to fostering and sustaining workplaces and service delivery that are professional, respectful, inclusive, diverse, equitable, accessible and consistent with human rights principles.
Correctional volunteers play a valuable role in the rehabilitation of offenders in institutions and those under community supervision. Volunteers reflect their communities, provide assistance with culturally and spiritually diverse services, and act as positive role models to help offenders make positive changes.
Volunteers provide services to a diverse group of offenders. These services include:
- spiritual and religious care
- Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous groups
- education, employment and life skills training
- cultural and interpreter services
- literacy and numeracy
- discharge planning
- music, leisure activities, and arts and crafts
- supervising lower risk probationers
- assisting probation and parole officers with court reports and office tasks.
All volunteers are thoroughly screened and assessed before working with offenders. The process may include submitting an application form, having an interview(s), completing a Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) check and a reference check. The screening process will be completed by the local correctional institution or probation and parole office.
Volunteer co-ordinators in the ministry's institutions and probation and parole offices administer and co-ordinate volunteer activities. Volunteer co-ordinators provide leadership in the planning and development of a volunteer service.
They also assess the status of current volunteer programs and monitor the performance of volunteers.
How to Volunteer
For more information on the literacy program and how to become a volunteer, please visit the Literacy and Corrections website.
The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services is an equal opportunity organization. We will accommodate your needs under the Ontario Human Rights Code.