The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program in Justice, Community Safety and Emergency Services 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.
Events such as the 1998 ice storm, “Y2K”, September 11, 2001 (9/11), the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak, and the August 2003 blackout have raised public and government recognition of the vital role of Justice, Community Safety and Emergency Services in ensuring the safety of Ontarians. Ontario now has some of the most rigorous community safety legislation in North America, and since 9/11, governments, NGOs, and private enterprise have all greatly enhanced their efforts to ensure the public’s safety and security. With these efforts have come various new programs and significant staffing increases within the sector.