Ministry of Justice

Educational Programs

Low education levels are a major contributing factor to a criminal lifestyle—we can combat this factor by working with accredited educational institutions to help offenders achieve their diplomas and improve their language skills. Increasing education levels among offenders has a double effect: it gives offenders a foundation on which they can build a new kind of life, and it improves the chances of success for all our other programming.

“When people learn and realize their potential, you see a light come on.”—Warden, Surrey Pretrial Services Centre


A Foundation for a New Start

Our partners at provincial educational institutions and school districts help us develop and deliver programs to offenders under our supervision in custody and in the community. These programs help offenders earn their high school or high school equivalency diplomas, increase their literacy levels, and help them get the certificates and educational accreditation that will give them stability and a leg up in their future job search. For those that already have a basic level of education, we offer access to partner programs that help them prepare for college.

Our education partners also help us deliver English as a Second Language (ESL) courses to help immigration detainees and offenders with limited knowledge of English improve their chances of integrating into the community. Our Indigenous Studies program helps inmates better understand and connect with Aboriginal cultures in British Columbia.