The CPSP employees are all kind, cordial and professional and are not prejudiced against us. Their approach motivates us to go back to the centre, which has an impartial environment where we don't feel constantly awkward about our past actions and gestures. I wish to sincerely thank all the centre's employees who worked with me.

Anonymous, Gatineau

The CPSP

The Centre de placement spécialisé du Portage (CPSP) was established in 1975 to provide a range of specialized services to enhance employability for adults who have been in conflict with the law. The centre's mission is to promote clients' autonomy and to help them to permanently re-enter the regular labour market. See the section on Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

Our values:

  • Respect
  • Exchange
  • Commitment

Our services

The mission of the Centre de placement spécialisé du Portage is to enhance employability for adults who have been in conflict with the law. The Centre, which has been operational for more than 30 years, has extensive experience in this field. WE PROVIDE FREE, CONFIDENTIAL AND BILINGUAL SERVICES. CLICK HERE TO VISIT US.

Our counsellors support and assist clients look for jobs and provide assistance with the process of their reintegration and application for pardon.

Individual approach

In a bid to provide adequate services to the clientele, our Counsellors adopt an individual approach to boost the probability of success. This approach centres on the client’s individual needs, availability, expectations and specific capacity. The needs are then used to establish the sequence and intensity of our counsellors’ interventions. Contact us.

The Centre de placement spécialisé du Portage provides employability services to clientele in the following establishments:

  • Detention centres
  • Correctional Service Canada
  • Probation services
  • Halfway houses

The partnerships allow clients in these establishments to reintegrate the job market rapidly.

Our team

The entire CPSP team is made up of university graduates who have specialized in criminology, education, drug abuse, psychology, social work as well educational and professional guidance.

The staff also has training in various fields related to the needs of the clientele, among them, work psychology, pro-active therapy, crisis management, impact therapy and drug abuse. The CPSP is involved at the following levels:


  • Advisory Committee on Adult Clientele Subject to Judicial Control
  • Réseau des services spécialisés de Main d'oeuvre
  • Local Fund for the Benefit of Confined Persons
  • Association des Services de Réhabilitation Sociale du Québec
  • Conseil régional des partenaires du marché du travail de la région de l’Outaouais
  • The CPSP has established several innovative projects to meet the needs of its clients and the labour market.

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