Community Service Orders (CSO)
The Adult CSO program serves individuals 18 years of age and older who are on probation and have been ordered by the courts to complete an assigned number of community service hours. Probation Officers refer those requiring community service hours and the individual will then meet for an intake appointment and monthly follow-up appointments until the community service hours are completed. Options for completing community service hours include site supervisions at community events, placements at non-profit organizations such as thrift stores, animal shelters, community centres, and churches.
Why am I ordered to do community service?
Community service is providing work at no cost in order to benefit the public or community. Some benefits of community service include:
- Giving back to the community in a constructive way
- Developing an increased sense of social responsibility
- Building relationships and fostering social connectedness with others
- Improves lifelong communication, interpersonal, and critical thinking skills
- Assists people in finding their interests and passions
How do I begin my community service order?
Contact a St. Leonard’s Justice Worker in the Adult Community Service Order Program to schedule the first intake appointment at 519-850-3777 x 222. This appointment takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes.
How long do I have to complete my community service hours?
The amount of hours and the length of time to complete the hours are determined by the courts. However, individuals have the choice to complete their hours as soon as possible. Upon completion of these hours the file is closed and returned back to probation.
My experience was overall positive, productive, and rewarding.