Ontario Hires 91 New Correctional Officers
Ontario is hiring 91 new correctional officers to increase staffing levels, enhance program delivery and improve safety in correctional facilities across the province.
The new correctional officers, which are part of one of the largest graduation classes ever, will be deployed to: Central East Correctional Centre, Central North Correctional Centre, Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre, Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre, Maplehurst Correctional Complex, Niagara Detention Centre, Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, South West Detention Centre, Sudbury Jail, Toronto East Detention Centre, Toronto South Detention Centre.
All new correctional officers must successfully complete an eight week comprehensive program, which includes mental health training, inmate management techniques and a thorough assessment and evaluation. Today's graduating class will build on the 480 correctional officers who have already been hired since 2013.
Adding new correctional officers and upgrading correctional facilities across Ontario is a key part of the government's transformation of Ontario's correctional system to increase staff and inmate safety, enhance mental health supports, improve rehabilitation and reintegration programs, and break the cycle of reoffending to build safer communities.
- Since 2013, Ontario has hired 571 new Correctional Officers.
- The Correctional Officer Training and Assessment program is an eight week program that all corrections officers are required to take before being deployed.