CoSA National Capacity Project

CoSA National Capacity Project

In May of 2017, we were pleased to announce that Public Safety Canada (PSC) provided
CoSA Canada with a five-year funding package through the National Crime Prevention
Strategy Crime Prevention Action Fund. Using this funding, CoSA Canada and PSC will
undertake the CoSA National Capacity Project (CNCP), running from April 1, 2017, to
March 31, 2022, which will support and grow CoSA across Canada. The project will aid
CoSA sites in 14 communities across the country to help offenders accept accountability
and responsibility for their actions as they complete their sentences and return to the
community. In addition to fostering the sustainable growth of CoSA in Canada, the CNCP
has the aims of:

  • Reducing recidivism of sexual offenders;
  • Promoting and assisting the safe and successful reintegration of sexual offenders;
  • Improving the CoSA Canada Operational Model, and developing best practices
    and materials to support it;
  • Strengthening the body of research on CoSA; and
  • Enhancing public understanding of CoSA and our core members

All participating sites are required to follow a common operational model – the CoSA
Canada Operational Model – that has been developed by CoSA Canada in consultation with
partners around the country and the world. The use of a common operational model will
allow us to ensure that common standards are met nationwide, while also ensuring that
project results from different regions may be effectively compared with one another. At
the same time, this approach will still ensure that differences between sites are respected,
allowing local organizations with local expertise the freedom to address local needs.
While CoSA will continue to prioritize those at highest risk of recidivism and with the
highest needs, restrictions on working only with those formally designated “High Risk”
have been removed, as have restrictions on working with those referred from sources
other than Correctional Service Canada, and restrictions on those on parole or under other
forms of supervision. This marks a significant change for the work of CoSA across the
country.

The CNCP will also include an independent evaluation of both the project and of CoSA
itself. The evaluation team, led by Dr. Diane Crocker based at Saint Mary’s University, will
administer all interviews and questionnaires related to this evaluation.

For more information about this exciting news, please visit Public Safety Canada’s announcement here.