The Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety
An initiative of the University of Regina Office Of The Vice-President (Research)


The CCJS is a Type 1 Centre as approved by the Board of Governors, and operates under the authority of the Vice-President Research within the University of Regina to fulfill the goals established in its constitution. The Centre’s Executive Director reports to the Vice-President Research. (“Policy on University of Regina Centres/Institutes” policy 140.20.) 

A key role of the CCJS leadership team will be to ensure the quality of the research and work conducted by the Centre. Committees and review groups will be established to ensure that the work meets the highest academic standards.

A Council provides advice to support the strategic implementation of the Centre’s goals and thus shall provide support and advice to the Executive Director and the Vice-President Research. The Council is comprised of up to twelve members. At least half of the members will be appointed broadly from the academic ranks of the University of Regina. The Executive Director shall sit as an ex-officio member of the Council. 

Please click the links below if you are interested in reading the detailed Goals and Objectives of the Centre, or if you would like to read over the Centre's Constitution.

CCJS Goals and Objectives

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The University of Regina Strategic Plan, mâmawohkamâtowin: Our Work, Our People, Our Communities, will be reinforced by the Centre’s focus in responding to the needs and aspirations of our students, our people and our communities and reaching out to the world around us. 

The Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety works horizontally across all schools and faculties of the University and with our partners. This multidisciplinary approach that the university has established is well suited to the challenges being addressed in the Building Partnerships to Reduce Crime policies of the government of Saskatchewan. These capabilities and the full spectrum educational opportunities provided by the University of Regina including part time, distance education, and continuing professional development will support these new models for community safety and justice.

To achieve the goal of fostering safer and more just institutions and communities, six foundational pillars are identified: 1) Scholarship 2) Research and Development ; 3) Education and Training;  4) Policy Development and Assessment, 5) Leadership  6) Knowledge Translation, Innovation and Commercialization;


Foster the dissemination and communication of justice research through various publications and formal, informal, and public forums.

Research & Development

Promote research excellence in the investigation of complex community safety and justice issues occurring at individual, institutional, and systemic levels, and collaborate in the development, adaption, and adoption of this work.

Education and Training

Provide education and advanced professional training and academic education that provides critical perspectives on issues of justice, that works against oppression, and offers a comprehensive approach to professionalization and career progression.

Policy Development and Assessment

Research and perform evaluations to recommend practices and policies that are designed to promote safer and more just institutions and communities.


Help to develop leaders who are knowledgeable about and committed to dealing with complex public safety and justice issues.

Knowledge Translation, Innovation and Commercialization

Collaborate to foster and promote knowledge translation, innovation, and commercialization opportunities to promote safer and more just institutions and communities


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The vision for the Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety emerged from a realization of the unique strategic and geographic cluster of local, regional and national justice and public safety expertise in the Province of Saskatchewan, and in particular, within the City of Regina and the University of Regina. The Centre will bring together people and resources with a focus on issues related to justice, public safety, and first responders provincially, nationally and internationally

Our province has a history of progressive justice initiatives. The University of Regina has played an integral part advancing justice through the creation of justice centres, departments, research units and schools. It is upon this heritage that the CCJS looks to the future.

Every generation has enriched our Province’s sense of justice by creating social, legal, educational, economic and other institutions, community-based organizations and forums to speak for those who at times are unable to speak for themselves.

The CCJS defends the ideals of social justice, progressive public safety policy and practices in building partnerships to reduce crime by promoting and facilitating excellence in education and training, research and scholarship, leadership, and policy through knowledge translation, innovation and commercialization.

The Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety is constituted as a Type I institute under the University of Regina’s “Policy on University of Regina Centres/Institutes” policy 140.20.

* The full text of the Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety's Constitution is available in PDF format.