About the program

The Provincial and Municipal Bylaw Officer program is designed for people seeking careers in municipal bylaw and provincial offences roles, or for those already working in these roles who wish to enhance their education and training in the context of today's emphasis on collaborative public safety and community wellbeing. This Certificate of Achievement may be completed part-time in one year, or over four years, allowing you to balance education and employment. Courses focus on self, clients and community to support the development and refinement of effective collaborative practice skills, including those related to: roles, powers and authorities; techniques for facilitating compliance and de-escalating conflicts; presenting information and evidence at committees and hearings; collaborating across public and private sectors; and mental health, wellbeing and self-care. With the expanding role of municipal bylaw and provincial offences officers related to community engagement and community safety, this program will help you become a well-rounded, adaptable and resilient public safety practitioner within these evolving sectors. As a professional already working in the field, you will increase your employability and chance for advancement within this sector.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 4 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.)
  • Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270)
  • For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading

Note re: admission requirements

  • Diploma and Certificate Programs Standard Language Requirements:
    • IELTS overall band of 6 with no band less than 5.5
    • TOEFL iBT 80
    • CAEL 70 with minimum 60 writing, no sub-test band score less than 30
    • PTE Academic 51
    • Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 5

Admission procedures

  • An academic strength is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects. If more than one mark is received for a required subject, the highest mark will be used in the calculation.
  • Ten (10) additional marks are added to each Advanced level, OAC, U, U/C, and post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength.
  • A sound background in English is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cutoffs apply.

Graduate opportunities

All municipal law enforcement officers (MLEOs) are designated, through the Provincial Offences Act (POA) as Provincial Offences Officer, for the purposes of administering and enforcing municipal by-laws. Officers enforcing provincial regulations at the Ministry or Crown agency levels are also designated through the POA, as Provincial Offences Officers, for provincial Acts and regulations.
Municipal Law Enforcement Officers (also designated as Provincial Offences Officers) involve a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to Parking Enforcement Officers, Licensing Officers/Inspectors, Property Standards Officers, Animal Control Officers, Zoning Compliance Officers, Compliance Officers (noise and public nuisance). Many officers are also generalists, whose duties include a variety of jurisdictions (licensing, property standards, noise, etc.)
Provincial Offences Officers at the Provincial Ministry levels, include, but are not limited to: Alcohol and Gaming Commission inspectors; Environmental Officers (Ministry of the Environment); Ontario Motor Vehicle Inspection officers working in the Ministry of Transportation (MTO); MTO Transportation Enforcement Officers; Ministry of Finance Inspectors; Ministry of the Attorney General Officers; Ministry of Labour Inspector; Employment Standards Officers; Conservation Officers (Ministry of Natural Resources); and the Ontario Racing Commission

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home

Program outcomes

  • Explore the development of provincial and municipal legislation and regulations, and the roles, powers and authorities prescribed by these elements to municipal law enforcement officers/provincial offences officers
  • Describe the legal structures, frameworks and processes associated with provincial and municipal compliance/enforcement efforts
  • Identify emerging trends in public safety impacting the roles of municipal law enforcement officers/provincial offences officers
  • Analyze and determine the appropriate applications of legislation and regulations in the context of operational powers and authorities
  • Demonstrate skills related to giving evidence and making presentations to public bodies
  • Demonstrate methods for engaging neighbourhoods and community organizations to build capacity and support resilience
  • Demonstrate skills for facilitating compliance, mediating neighbourhood disputes and de-escalating conflict with, or between, community members
  • Identify the components of mental health and wellbeing and describe their implementation for self-care and effective engagement of a diverse public

Program contact

Continuing Education
Upcoming Registrations

Mark your calendar for our upcoming registration dates, so you can plan your future.

Winter registration: Opens November 28, 2022
Spring registration: Opens February 27, 2023