Ontario Correctional Services

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Re: Ontario Correctional Services

Postby Lambo » Fri Mar 05, 2021 5:45 pm

Ontario Correctional Officer:
Application, screened, 21Mar 2020
Wonderlic Test, passed, 14 Jun
REACT, passed, 14 Sep
FITCO, passed, 15 feb
Interview, passed, 21 Jan
Reference check, received, 25 Feb 2021
Security check, received, 22Feb
NEO- 27 feb

So a very similar timeline! I hope to hear back by early April. My top three choices were Niagara, Hamilton and Lindsay.

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Re: Ontario Correctional Services

Postby AlphaCentauri » Fri Mar 05, 2021 6:44 pm

Lambo wrote:
Fri Mar 05, 2021 3:49 pm
I completed my neo testing near the end of February with every other stage completed. I’m hoping we hear back to join in the April 29th grouping.... just curious is it a phone call or email that we receive if selected?
Phone call if you're selected, then you'll get an email with your conditional offer and paperwork.
Application Accepted: 07/2020
Wonderlic: 08/2020
React: 09/2020
Interview: 10/2020
Fitco: 11/2020
Neo: 11/2020
Offer accepted: 02/2021
Training: 04/2021

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Re: Ontario Correctional Services

Postby Recruitment22 » Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:27 pm

As far as the timelines it can be unpredictable as I’ve been in background since November. I’ve contacted recruitment and have been told no updates are available.

Anyone else with a similar timeline?
Ontario Corrections
Application Accepted- 2020-06
Wonderlic - 2020-07
REACT - 2020-08
Interview/Reference check - 2020/10
Security Clearance - PENDING 2020/11
FITCO - 2020/11
Offer - TBD?

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Re: Ontario Correctional Services

Postby Mr.88 » Fri Mar 05, 2021 8:31 pm

Give it 2-4 months after you’re done all the testing before receiving an offer.
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ON Corrections
Applied - 2020-04✅
Wonderlic - 2020-06✅
REACT - 2020-07✅
Interview/Ref. check - 2020/08✅
Security Clearance - Mailed VSC 2020/10/05
NEO-PI-3 Test - 2020/08/30✅
FITCO - 2020/10/14✅
Offer 2021/01/18✅
COTA 2021/03/15 - 05.07
EMDC May 10

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Re: Ontario Correctional Services

Postby Dreambig » Fri Mar 05, 2021 8:49 pm

Recruitment22 wrote:
Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:27 pm
As far as the timelines it can be unpredictable as I’ve been in background since November. I’ve contacted recruitment and have been told no updates are available.

Anyone else with a similar timeline?
Curious, what is your location and what were your top choices? I'm wondering if location impacts the speed of approval since some centres may need more help than others.

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Re: Ontario Correctional Services

Postby AlphaCentauri » Fri Mar 05, 2021 9:38 pm

Recruitment22 wrote:
Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:27 pm
As far as the timelines it can be unpredictable as I’ve been in background since November. I’ve contacted recruitment and have been told no updates are available.

Anyone else with a similar timeline?
We have almost identical timelines, I got an offer about 2 weeks ago
Application Accepted: 07/2020
Wonderlic: 08/2020
React: 09/2020
Interview: 10/2020
Fitco: 11/2020
Neo: 11/2020
Offer accepted: 02/2021
Training: 04/2021

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Re: Ontario Correctional Services

Postby ping » Fri Mar 05, 2021 9:46 pm

Lambo wrote:
Fri Mar 05, 2021 5:45 pm
Ontario Correctional Officer:
Application, screened, 21Mar 2020
Wonderlic Test, passed, 14 Jun
REACT, passed, 14 Sep
FITCO, passed, 15 feb
Interview, passed, 21 Jan
Reference check, received, 25 Feb 2021
Security check, received, 22Feb
NEO- 27 feb

So a very similar timeline! I hope to hear back by early April. My top three choices were Niagara, Hamilton and Lindsay.
Thanks. I did't keep my record regarding the 3 preferences when I submitted my application. They may be Ottawa, Brockville and St. Lawrence Valley.
Ontario Correctional Officer:
Application, 24 Mar 2020
Wonderlic Test, 30 Jun
REACT, 23 Sep
FITCO, 5 Dec
Interview, Dec
Reference check, 15 Jan 2021
Security check, 17 Feb
NEO, 25 Mar
Offer, 20 May
Training, 19 Jul-10 Sep
Employed, 13 Sep

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Re: Ontario Correctional Services

Postby Recruit2021 » Sat Mar 06, 2021 9:42 pm

Update regarding the new Stipend for new recruits:

*ALLEGEDLY*

The 14$/hr should amount up to roughly $1500-2000 for each stage of training (virtual + in-person)
As we're the first intake to get it you can imagine there are plenty of hiccups. Some recruits needed to retake the final virtual test so once Everybody has been processed as passing the 1st stage they are going to release our payment which should come in the next week or so. I will update with the amount. Hopefully after all of the bugs are worked out with our intake it will go much smoother for you guys.

As always, feel free to PM me with any questions, we have just completed our 1st week and its been pretty hectic to say the least!.

Goodluck all!

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Re: Ontario Correctional Services

Postby Mr.88 » Sun Mar 07, 2021 2:28 pm

Recruit2021 wrote:
Sat Mar 06, 2021 9:42 pm
Update regarding the new Stipend for new recruits:

*ALLEGEDLY*

The 14$/hr should amount up to roughly $1500-2000 for each stage of training (virtual + in-person)
As we're the first intake to get it you can imagine there are plenty of hiccups. Some recruits needed to retake the final virtual test so once Everybody has been processed as passing the 1st stage they are going to release our payment which should come in the next week or so. I will update with the amount. Hopefully after all of the bugs are worked out with our intake it will go much smoother for you guys.

As always, feel free to PM me with any questions, we have just completed our 1st week and its been pretty hectic to say the least!.

Goodluck all!
Thank you.

Do you know Did all recruits pass? Would it be difficult for one to “fail” the courses? Or are the instructors very helpful in making sure the recruits are successful .
ON Corrections
Applied - 2020-04✅
Wonderlic - 2020-06✅
REACT - 2020-07✅
Interview/Ref. check - 2020/08✅
Security Clearance - Mailed VSC 2020/10/05
NEO-PI-3 Test - 2020/08/30✅
FITCO - 2020/10/14✅
Offer 2021/01/18✅
COTA 2021/03/15 - 05.07
EMDC May 10

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Re: Ontario Correctional Services

Postby Recruit2021 » Sun Mar 07, 2021 4:00 pm

Mr.88 wrote:
Sun Mar 07, 2021 2:28 pm
Recruit2021 wrote:
Sat Mar 06, 2021 9:42 pm
Update regarding the new Stipend for new recruits:

*ALLEGEDLY*

The 14$/hr should amount up to roughly $1500-2000 for each stage of training (virtual + in-person)
As we're the first intake to get it you can imagine there are plenty of hiccups. Some recruits needed to retake the final virtual test so once Everybody has been processed as passing the 1st stage they are going to release our payment which should come in the next week or so. I will update with the amount. Hopefully after all of the bugs are worked out with our intake it will go much smoother for you guys.

As always, feel free to PM me with any questions, we have just completed our 1st week and its been pretty hectic to say the least!.

Goodluck all!
Thank you.

Do you know Did all recruits pass? Would it be difficult for one to “fail” the courses? Or are the instructors very helpful in making sure the recruits are successful .
If you fail a test then the instructors work with you closely to make sure you know the content before taking a retest. The only way I can see somebody failing is if you don't participate. So try to get good sleep, show up to class every day and participate and you should have absolutely zero issues.

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Re: Ontario Correctional Services

Postby Bitterman » Mon Mar 08, 2021 6:44 pm

Dreambig wrote:
Thu Mar 04, 2021 7:51 pm
Does anyone have any idea what the retention rate is for Correction Officers in the province or in specific cities? For those that have been CO's for a long time, does it seem like a revolving door where you'll see lots of new recruits come in but only a hand-full are able cope without resigning due to PTSD etc.?
The only inst. that appears to have a retention problem is TSDC. Anecdotally, I've heard of officers dropping their gear on the Sgt's desk and walking out or... 'Leaving at lunch and not returning.
I can't confirm if these stories are in fact true. I do know that the request for transfer list OUT of TSDC is long... I have several (senior) coworkers who have come from TSDC via lateral trans.

In my inst. since the big influx started I've seen but a handful leave, usually within a year or three.
Usually they leave to go into other public services such as policing, CBSA, or Federal Corrections. Some have left to join the private sector in more lucrative positions.

I've seen only two leave because they were just not cut out for the job... One or two "incidents" and they decided it just wasn't for them.

As far as PTSD... I'm sure it's a thing, but... If seeing someone crack their head open or try to hang themselves gives you the PTSD... You shouldn't have sign up for this in the first place.
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Re: Ontario Correctional Services

Postby callofduty288 » Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:08 pm

Dreambig wrote:
Thu Mar 04, 2021 7:51 pm
Does anyone have any idea what the retention rate is for Correction Officers in the province or in specific cities? For those that have been CO's for a long time, does it seem like a revolving door where you'll see lots of new recruits come in but only a hand-full are able cope without resigning due to PTSD etc.?
TSDC probably has lowest retention rates in the province. A lot of people get other public jobs, other transfer out. From my personal experience I would say ptsd is not a problem, anxiety is. However, the stress you get is mostly from incompetence or unfair treatment, which also results in your inability to do anything whether it's staff, management or inmates.
Tsdc is much better place to work than it was 3 years ago or when it opened. Now it depends how are you gonna be as an officer, work on your communication skills. It always better to show inmates that it's not good idea to fight you than actually fighting them.
If anyone have any questions about the South feel free to dm

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Re: Ontario Correctional Services

Postby RobLobster » Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:25 pm

callofduty288 wrote:
Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:08 pm
From my personal experience I would say ptsd is not a problem, anxiety is.
Don't kid yourself, anxiety is one of the primary symptoms of PTSD. PTSD is very often also cumulative and will develop over time after repeated exposures to traumatic events.

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Re: Ontario Correctional Services

Postby Dreambig » Mon Mar 08, 2021 8:06 pm

Thanks so much for your detailed answers!

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Re: Ontario Correctional Services

Postby Bitterman » Mon Mar 08, 2021 8:32 pm

RobLobster wrote:
Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:25 pm
callofduty288 wrote:
Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:08 pm
From my personal experience I would say ptsd is not a problem, anxiety is.
Don't kid yourself, anxiety is one of the primary symptoms of PTSD. PTSD is very often also cumulative and will develop over time after repeated exposures to traumatic events.

This I don't have an issue with.
It's the people who see ONE fight or ONE BS attention seeking suicide "attempt" and then go off for months or all of a sudden are "no inmate contact"...
These weaklings cheapen the PTSD claims made by those who've had to deal with this stuff for YEARS over and over again.
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