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Quick Guide


Career Opportunities

Pathways to SHSM

Required Components for SHSM

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Justice, Community Safety, and Emergency Services SHSM

Students with a passion for community services and supports will thrive in this immersive program! Through networking with professionals across many industries – legal/community safety services, correc- tions, fire service, law enforcement, paramedic/medical services, and military services – students will gain a greater understanding of the Canadian legal system, community safety and services, and the importance of psychology as it relates to human relationships. They will also participate in opportunities to develop their leadership and project management skills in preparation for entry into this sector.

What Students can Expect:

  • Hands-On Learning

  • Industry-Relevant Certifications and Expert Connections

  • Clear Pathways to Your Dream Career

Benefits for Career Advancement:

  • Acquiring Specialized Expertise

  • Enhanced Employability

  • Foundation for Further Education and Entrepreneurship

Set Yourself Apart

With an SHSM under your belt, you're not just another student - you're a specialist. Employers are on the lookout for the skills and knowledge you'll possess, making you a standout candidate in a competitive job market.

Careers Opportunities


Apprenticeship Training

This sector does not currently offer apprenticeship training opportunities


  • Air traffic controllers and related occupations 
  • Commissioned police officers 
  • Court reporters, medical transcriptionists, and related occupations 
  • Employment insurance, immigration, border services, and revenue officers 
  • Firefighters 
  • Forest fire officers 
  • Other administrative services managers 


  • Commissioned officers of the Canadian Armed Forces 
  • Lawyers and Quebec notaries 
  • Other managers in public administration 
  • Other professional occupations in social science 
  • Probation and parole officers and related occupations 
  • Security guards and related security service occupations 
  • Social policy researchers, consultants, and program officers 

Work Experience

  • By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers 
  • Court clerks 
  • Court services officers 
  • Probation and parole officers and related occupations 
  • Security guards and related security service occupations 
  • Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers 

Pathways for the SHSM


Exploration (Grade 9 and 10)

The following courses are recommended if you are considering enrolling in SHSM - Justice, Community Safety, and Emergency Services:


  • Career Studies (GLC 2O) and Discovering the Workplace (GLD 2O): Some of the expectations in these Grade 10 courses provide opportunities for students to explore occupations and other postsecondary options in the sector and to participate in experiential learning activities.
  • Civics (compulsory): This Grade 10 course enables students to explore what it means to be an informed, participating citizen in a democratic society. Students learn about the elements of democracy in local, national, and global contexts, about political reactions to social change, and about political decision-making processes in Canada.
  • Healthy Active Living Education: These Grade 9 and 10 courses are recommended for all students who are considering enrolling in anSHSM–Justice, Community Safety, and Emergency Services program. The courses emphasize regular participation in a variety of physical activities that promote lifelong healthy active living.
  • Information and Communication Technology in Business: Expectations in this Grade 9 or 10 course build a foundation of digital literacy skills that are needed in the work environments in this sector.
  • Introduction to Computer Studies (ICS2O) or Computer Technology (TEJ20): These courses are recommended for any Grade 10 student who is considering enrolling in an SHSM–Justice, Community Safety, and Emergency Services program. They provide students with opportunities to explore the ICTsector, identify personal interests and aptitudes, and gain a better understanding of the computer skills and digital literacy required in this sector.

Specialization (Grade 11 and 12)

To earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with an SHSM, students must complete the five required components.

First steps: Students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to consult with guidance counsellors and teachers to select the courses that will enable students to pursue their goals.

Helpful tips: 

  • Pursuing an apprenticeship? The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) allows them to kickstart their journey while working towards their OSSD. 
  • Attending University? Students on the university pathway advised to complete the required cooperative education credits in Grade 11, ensuring flexibility in their Grade 12 schedules. 
  • Technological education courses may be available as single-credit or multiple-credit options. Speak to your guidance counsellor or teacher for more information.

Required Components for SHSM 


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

  • Four major credits
  • Other required credits from the Ontario curriculum. These credits include:
  • one in English
  • one in Mathematics
  • Two sector specific cooperative education credits

2.     Certifications and training experiences

Three (3) compulsory:

  • CPR Level C – includes automated external defibrillation (AED)
  • Standard First Aid
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 

Three (3) electives

For a full list of electives available at your school, please speak with a guidance counsellor or technological teacher. 


3.     Experiential Learning and Career Exploration Activities

Experiential learning and career exploration activities give students opportunities to explore, observe, participate in, and reflect on a variety of sector-specific experiences and careers. These activities also enable students enrolled in the SHSM to find out about the opportunities available in careers that interest them. These opportunities might include:

  • a day-long observation of a skilled tradesperson in the agriculture sector (job shadowing)
  • a one- or two-week work experience with a member of an industry association or a professional in the sector (work experience)
  • attendance at a trade show, job fair, conference or another unique experience

4.     Reach Ahead Experiences

Reach Ahead experiences are learning experiences connected with the student’s postsecondary pathway in their selected sector. Students are provided one or more reach ahead experiences – opportunities to take the next steps along their chosen pathway. Some examples can include:

  • visiting a conference or relevant workshop
  • completing a dual credit course
  • interviewing a post-secondary student enrolled in a sector-specific program
  • observing a university or college class in a sector-related program
  • interviewing an employee in the sector
  • visiting an job site in the sector

5.     Sector-Partnered Experiences (SPEs)

Students engage with a sector partner and apply skills to gain insight into the relationship between this sector and ICE (innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship), coding, and/or mathematical literacy.

Interested in becoming an SHSM student?

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