Correctional Officer Student Assistance Program (COSAP)
Financial assistance is available to all recruits to help offset the cost of the Correctional Officer Training and Assessment (COTA) program. The Correctional Officer Student Assistance Program (COSAP) provides deferral of up to 100% of the training and accommodation costs. A minimum of $50 per pay must be re-paid upon starting employment.
All recruits will have the opportunity to submit an application for the Inclusion Scholarship. The Inclusion Scholarship will cover the financial costs of the Correctional Officer Training and Assessment (COTA) program, as well as room and board on weekdays.
Becoming a correctional officer
Maintaining order and security in a correctional institution is the primary function of a correctional officer. This is a complex task and goes far beyond locking and unlocking doors.
Ontario’s correctional officers are peace officers responsible for the care, custody and control of offenders.
Apply online to positions posted on the Ontario Public Service career portal: ontario.ca/careers. You can also find more information about careers in corrections at:
Selected applicants must successfully complete each stage of the selection process:
The Fitness Test for Correctional Officer Applicants (FITCO) involves:
FITCO must be completed twice – once before attending the COTA program, and a second time during the program, before becoming a correctional officer.
Applicants who accept a conditional offer of employment will be required to attend an eight (8) week training program.
This program provides in-depth job readiness training to ensure all graduates possess the knowledge and skills required to perform the duties of a correctional officer. The cost to attend COTA is the responsibility of the applicant.
The Government of Ontario is committed to building an even more inclusive, accessible and barrier-free workplace – one that supports all employees to reach their full potential.
ln support of diversity and inclusion, corrections staff are involved in the following employee networks:
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