Corrections Chaplain – Thunder Bay





Consider a rewarding career in Correctional Services, where you can make a difference in the lives of individuals in custody and in keeping our communities safe.
The Ministry of the Solicitor General is currently seeking a Chaplain to provide spiritual and religious care and support to inmates at the Thunder Bay Jail. This role will involve responsibility for maintaining a comprehensive, multicultural chaplaincy program for inmates, their families, and staff.
The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is one of the largest employers in the province, with a wide range of exciting career opportunities. We believe in the core values of trust, fairness, diversity, excellence, creativity, collaboration, efficiency and responsiveness. We invite you to join our teams!

What can I expect to do in this role?

  • Provide comprehensive religious services and spiritual care programs to inmates, their families, and staff
  • Coordinate and monitor a busy and involved multi-faith program
  • Create new programs and coordinate spiritual activities
  • Build relationships and partnerships with community groups
  • Partner with local faith communities to establish programs to help inmates reintegrate into the community
  • Represent chaplaincy on institutional committees
  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team made up of correctional staff, the healthcare department, and other professional staff
  • Perform other duties, as required

Location: Thunder Bay

How do I qualify?

Specialized Knowledge and Experience

• You have experience providing spiritual care programs and services within an institutional setting (such as health care, military, corrections, education, residential care, etc.)
• You have applied knowledge of various faith groups, multi-denominational groups, as well as religious beliefs and practices, which may be acquired through a combination of university, theological school, certification program, and/or professional experience
• You have experience working collaboratively with various faith groups

Communication, Interpersonal and Counselling Skills

• You can interact effectively with inmates, families, staff, and volunteers
• You have strong counselling skills to assist inmates and their families through issues and crises

Organizational and Supervisory Skills

• You are able to plan, organize, implement and evaluate spiritual care programs and religious services
• You have supervisory and coordination experience in order to provide guidance, orientation, and training to volunteers, students and other spiritual and religious visitors

Other Skills

• You have analytical skills and good judgement to identify and resolve issues
• You are able to work within the legislative framework, balancing confidentiality and the need to maintain the safety and security of staff and inmates
• You have a general understanding of the criminal justice system and correctional institutions in order to develop spiritual programming that meets inmate needs

OPS Commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti-racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.
Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy  and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.
We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario’s Human Rights Code Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.
Salary Range: $61,713 – $77,706 Per Year

Additional Information:

• 1 Temporary, duration up to 6 months (with possibility of extension), 285 Macdougall St, Thunder Bay, North Region, Vulnerable Sector Check, Credit History Check, Local Police Databases Search, PIP/NICHE/RMS


In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.
Required security screening checks along with your written consent, will be sent to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Talent Acquisition Branch (TAB), HR Service Delivery Division (HRSDD) to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you.

A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual’s employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.

Please apply online, only, at, quoting Job ID 167135, by Friday, August 27, 2021. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.


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