Ontario Hires 107 New Correctional Officers, Including 27 Northern Region

Published on October 22, 2021

 

HAMILTON — The government of Ontario is continuing to enhance safety measures in the adult correctional system with the addition of 107 new correctional officers who are joining the frontline.

The graduates received compensation from the province while undergoing training to help remove barriers to employment, which is part of the government's ongoing commitment to invest more than $500 million over five years to transform adult correctional services and improve safety.

“The comprehensive training these new correctional officers have received will ensure they can make critical contributions to the communities they serve,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “I want to congratulate and commend every officer graduating this week for their hard work and commitment to keeping Ontario safe each and every day.”

The Corrections Foundational Training program took place virtually and in-person over eight weeks. Recruits received extensive training with enhanced instruction in communication, de-escalation and inmate management as well as anti-Black racism and Indigenous cultural training.

This group of correctional officer graduates will be assigned to 19 different institutions across Ontario near their home regions:

  • 11 graduates will support the Eastern Region at the Central East Correctional Centre and Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.
  • 25 will support the Western Region at the Central North Correctional Centre, Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre, South West Detention Centre, Stratford Jail and Sarnia Jail.
  • 27 graduates will work in the Northern Region at the Kenora Jail, Monteith Correctional Complex, North Bay Jail, Sudbury Jail, Thunder Bay Correctional Centre and Thunder Bay Jail.
  • 24 will work in the Toronto Region at Toronto East Detention Centre and Toronto South Detention Centre.
  • 20 graduates will support the Central Region at the Maplehurst Correctional Complex, Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre, Niagara Detection Centre and the Vanier Centre for Women.

Recent government action to support correctional staff includes:

Ontario Combating Contraband in Adult Correctional Facilities

Ontario Strengthens Security at Provincial Adult Correctional Facilities

Ontario Building Pathways to Careers in Corrections

Ontario Announces Successful Bidder for Expansion of Northern Correctional Facilities

Ontario Enhances Security at Adult Correctional Facilities