The sector includes areas such as Emergency Services, Emergency Management, Community Safety Administration, Correctional Services, and the Armed ​Forces. With its low rates of unemployment and high future retirement rates, this sector offers excellent prospects for employment.​
The Justice SHSM gives students an opportunity to specialize, gain qualifications, and plan a career pathway in various areas of the Community and Emergency Services sectors while still in high school. The SHSM Program has a number of required components, designed to give students a “leg-up” to pursue post-secondary opportunities in each of the identified sectors, valuing apprenticeship, college, community, university and the workplace.

This major is offered at :

Monsignor Doyle | Resurrection | St. Benedict | St. David | St. Mary’s

Required Components:


  • Provided to students FREE of charge, certifications, trainings and workshops led by industry professionals, help students develop their skills and discover more information about their future career.
    • Seven certifications/trainings/workshops related to the industry
    • 4 Compulsory, 3 Elective
    • Examples include: Conflict Resolution, Emergency Response Techniques, Incident Management, Legal Terminology, Search & Rescue, GPS Training, Law Day, Ethics, Standard First Aid & CPR‐C, and more!
    • View all Certification & Training topics for Justice SHSM Here



  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) provides students with workplace experience that enables students to refine, extend and practice sector-specific knowledge and skills.
    • Examples of Justice Placements:
      Law Firms, Military, Police Services, Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge Fire, Safety Organizations, Community Support Programs, Correctional Services
  • This sector does not yet offer apprenticeship training opportunities



  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Court Recorder
  • Customs Officer
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)/Responder
  • Firefighter
  • Forest Fire Officer
  • Paramedic
  • Police Officer
  • Security Manager
  • Volunteer Co-ordinator


  • Criminologist
  • Disaster Relief Services Co-ordinator
  • Intelligence Officer
  • Lawyer
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Military Officer
  • Policy Advisor
  • Probation Officer
  • Psychologist/Additions Worker/Rehabilitation Worker
  • Youth Worker – Corrections/Community


  • Animal Control Officer
  • Bodyguard
  • Correctional officer
  • Court Clerk
  • Court Services Officer
  • Emergency Center Operations Officer
  • Emergency Services Dispatcher
  • Municipal Law Enforcement Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Security Guard
  • Soldier

Ministry of Education SHSM Website

For more information, speak to the guidance counselor at your school

Students in a Specialist High Skills Major program complete learning activities that are contextualized to the knowledge and skills relevant to the economic sector of the SHSM. Contextualized Learning Activities (CLA’s) enhance your learning in your English, Math, Science and Business classes. They connect your interest in your chosen sector to your learning in these classes.

CLA’s will be delivered by your classroom teacher. It is not additional work to be completed – it may replace the work being done by non-SHSM students or the teacher may choose to have the entire class complete the CLA.