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Toronto South Detention Centre Opens its Doors

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Toronto South Detention Centre Opens its Doors

New Correctional Facility is State-of-the-art Investment in Community Safety

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Built on the site of the former Mimico Correctional Centre, which has a correctional history dating back to 1887, the TSDC replaces the Toronto Jail  and the Toronto West Detention Centre.

The TSDC helps meet Ontario's inmate capacity needs and offers a number of specialized programs  that will reduce re-offense rates while ensuring public and staff safety, including a mental health assessment unit, special needs unit and an Aboriginal program area.

Opening the TSDC is part of the government's plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

Quick Facts

  • The Toronto Intermittent Centre (TIC), a 320-bed facility housing inmates serving weekend intermittent sentences opened at the TSDC site in late 2011.
  • The TSDC features 1,650 beds for remanded and sentenced inmates with both direct and indirect supervision units.
  • The building was designed and built to meet LEED Silver certification.

Background Information


“Opening the Toronto South Detention Centre is an important milestone in our ongoing modernization of the correctional system in Ontario. By increasing programming and mental health supports for inmates, and introducing a direct supervision model, we are making the system safer for correctional officers and inmates.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

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