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Ontario Graduates 139 New Correctional Officers

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Ontario Graduates 139 New Correctional Officers

Province Has Hired 710 New Correctional Officers Since 2013

139 new correctional officer graduates are being deployed to institutions across the province as part of the province's plan to further increase staffing levels at Ontario's correctional facilities, enhance program delivery and improve staff and inmate safety.

These new correctional officers, part of the largest graduating class in the history of the Ontario Correctional Services College, will be deployed to 15 correctional facilities across the province. The new graduates have successfully completed a rigorous eight-week program, which includes mental health training and inmate management techniques. Their education will continue with ongoing job training throughout their careers.

Ontario is also retro-fitting and expanding one of its training facilities for correctional officers, St. Joseph's West campus in Hamilton, to support the hiring and training of additional recruits. The project is expected to be completed by the end of spring 2016 and will result in new classrooms and dynamic training spaces that will allow trainees to simulate real life situations in cell settings.

Adding correctional officers, investing in training and upgrading correctional facilities across our province is a key part of the government's transformation of Ontario's correctional system to build safer communities.

Quick Facts

  • The new correctional officers will be deployed to: Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre, Brantford Jail, St. Lawrence Valley Correctional and Treatment Centre, Central East Correctional Centre, Central North Correctional Centre, Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre, Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre, Kenora Jail, Maplehurst Correctional Complex, Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, Quinte Detention Centre, South West Detention Centre, Thunder Bay Jail, Toronto East Detention Centre, Toronto South Detention Centre.
  • Since 2013, Ontario has hired 710 new Correctional Officers.
  • The Correctional Officer Training and Assessment is an eight-week program that all correctional officers are required to take before being deployed.
  • The Ontario Correctional Services College opened in 1991 and is a recognized leader in innovative staff development and learning support for Correctional Services.
  • 148 new correctional officer recruits will begin training on March 21, 2016 and recruitment of additional correctional officers is currently underway. Learn more and apply here for careers in Ontario’s correctional services.

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