Justice Institute of British Columbia

Justice Institute of British Columbia | New Westminster, B.C. | Founded 1978

Justice Institute of British Columbia Firefighter Class

The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) specializes in training professionals in public safety, justice and social services. The school focuses on experiential learning, offering students hands-on activities through which to develop skills.

JIBC has six campuses in B.C. and also provides distance education. JIBC offers career options in paramedicine, firefighting, law enforcement, security, emergency management, intelligence analysis, corrections, trauma counselling and conflict resolution. This September, JIBC launches its disaster management post-degree diploma, which prepares students to deal with emergencies such as wildfires, earthquakes and pandemics. In JIBC’s community care licensing officer program, students learn to monitor and inspect care facilities—both public and private—provide support and education, and bring facilities into compliance.

The Maple Ridge campus is Western Canada’s most extensive fire-training ground; it has 30 training props, including the cargo hold of a ship and a simulated 11-car train derailment. The college’s Fire and Safety Division has partnered with the Fire Service College in England to offer a study abroad program. The New Westminster campus includes the Dr. Donald B. Rix Public Safety Simulation Building. JIBC’s web-based Praxis simulation technology is already being used for emergency management training by both government agencies and industry.


Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-grad) Residence offerings
Mid-sized (2,000 full-time students to fewer than 10,000 full-time students) $5,300-$6,500 $5,300-$6,500 $4,900-$12,000 $6,700-$12,800 No

Cool Options

  • Community Care Licensing: This program is unique to Canada and prepares students for a career as a licensing officer who can inspect and monitor care facilities for children, youth, seniors and others.
  • Firefighting Technologies: Students take part in live-fire training. They are taught and mentored by experienced firefighters in Greater Vancouver.
  • Law Enforcement Studies: Students learn applied law enforcement skills. Students also study criminology, criminal law, the justice system and other subjects suitable for careers in law enforcement and public safety.

Popular Programs

  • Primary Care Paramedicine
  • Law Enforcement Studies
  • Exterior Fire Fighter Operations
  • B.C. Police Recruit Training
  • Security Officer Training, Corrections

More Schools: British Columbia Insititute of TechnologyDouglas CollegeRoyal Roads UniversityVancouver Community CollegeLangara College