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Ontario Recruiting 180 New Correctional Officers

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Ontario Recruiting 180 New Correctional Officers

New Staff Part of Correctional Services Transformation

Ontario is recruiting an additional 180 correctional officers to increase staffing levels at the province's correctional facilities, enhance program delivery and improve staff and inmate safety.

These new positions will be located in facilities in Fort Frances, Kenora, Thunder Bay, Lindsay, Napanee, Ottawa, Monteith, Sault Ste. Marie and Brantford. The hiring of these new correctional officers will help ensure that staffing levels grow beyond normal turnover and retirement and ensure that officers are reflective of the diverse communities they serve.

New recruits will complete an eight-week Correctional Officer Training and Assessment program, which includes mental health training, inmate management techniques and a thorough assessment and evaluation before being deployed to institutions across the province.

Adding new correctional officers and upgrading correctional facilities across Ontario is a key part of the province's transformation of Ontario's correctional system to build safer communities.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2013, Ontario has hired 571 new correctional officers.
  • An additional 143 correctional officers are currently in training and will be graduating March 4, 2016.
  • The job postings are available on the Ontario Public Service Careers page.

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Yasir Naqvi

“Ontario’s correctional officers play a vital role in helping to keep our communities safe. Further increasing staffing levels with the recruitment of 180 new correctional officers is a key part of our strategy to transform Ontario’s correctional system to better support staff and inmates, and the successful rehabilitation and reintegration of individuals into the community.”

Yasir Naqvi

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

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