Algonquin College

Community and Justice Services


Choose a career that teaches you to fight for social justice!
The two-year Community and Justice Services Ontario College Diploma program emphasizes alternatives to policing and prisons and teaches students skills to work with people and communities to address issues such as criminalization, poverty, affordable housing scarcity, food insecurity, and immigration. Through theory and practical experiences, the program teaches you to work with people and communities in ways that respect their inherent dignity and humanity. Learn to understand the historical, political, and economic forces that create these social justice issues.
In this program, you develop skills such as a critical analysis, advocacy, community organizing, group facilitation, conflict mediation, and individual support work with adults, youth, and children. You learn the importance of addressing issues not just on an individual level, but also at a community-based level. Woven throughout the program is a commitment to human rights, social justice, and alternatives to policing and prisons. Study topics include:

Indigenous Studies
gender and sexuality studies
disability justice
trauma-informed practice
addiction and harm reduction
mental health
community building practices
As a student, you participate in a field placement experience in the community and justice field. In this placement, you identify, practise and integrate skills and theory that you have learned in the program.
This program is well-suited for students who:

Have an interest in social justice and working towards change in their community.
Have a commitment to anti-racism.
Have a strong sense of empathy for others.
Are collaborative and comfortable working and learning in group environments
Are able to work independently.

Program Duration:
2 Years
Work Integrated Learning:
PGWP Eligibility:
English Requirement:
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