Wages and Benefits
Salaries will be indicated in the Careers website job advertisements.
Employees automatically receive insured benefits including extended health, life insurance, long-term disability, sick leave and various leaves, in accordance with the collective agreement.
Vacation time corresponds to continuous years of service.
Employees in correctional facilities benefit from an enhanced pension plan that sees government contributions exceeding those normally allocated to provincial employees.
Hours of Work
It is imperative that staffing levels are sufficient at all times to maintain the safety and security of all staff, offenders and the community. As such, and unless indicated otherwise in Careers advertisements, Custody Service Employees are required to work a variety of shifts (days, afternoons, nights) on weekdays, weekends and on statutory holidays, sometimes with very short notice.
Normally, new employees are hired as permanent part-time employees, and are expected to be available for call-in or scheduled for shifts as needed to backfill planned or unplanned absences. Typically, permanent part-time staff can expect a predictable shift pattern and regular shifts. In time, you may become a permanent, full-time employee. Shift lengths generally range from 8 to 12 hours. Currently, new employees can expect to maximize their hours of work equivalent to hours worked by permanent full-time employees.
Permanent Part-Time Employees
Permanent part-time employees have part-time status with corresponding pay and benefits in accordance with the collective agreement. The hours worked per week will vary based primarily on facility staffing requirements. While working the equivalent of full-time hours is common, there are no guaranteed hours of work.
Correctional facilities are a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week work environment. As such, workers could be called day or night and are expected to be available and present to backfill shifts for staff who are unavailable due to planned or unplanned absences, or in emergency situations. Workers will be provided as much notice as possible when they are required to report for duty. With time, permanent part-time employees can expect a schedule of future shifts to be worked. How quickly this occurs is dependent upon facility requirements.
Attaining a Full-Time Position or Full-Time Hours
There is no guarantee of hours of work, nor when a person might achieve permanent full-time status. These matters are influenced by factors such as facility counts, staff turnover, facility expansions/closures, etc. In recent years, it has not been uncommon to see the transition to permanent full-time occur within two years, though this can vary between facilities.