133 New Correctional Officers Graduate
Ontario Has Hired Over 1,000 New Correctional Officers Since 2013
Ontario continues to invest in staffing and equipment upgrades to ensure that provincial correctional facilities have the personnel and technology they need to deliver rehabilitative programming and improve staff and inmate safety.
An additional 133 correctional officers have graduated from the Ontario Correctional Services College in Hamilton. These new graduates have successfully completed a rigorous assessment and eight-week training program, which includes mental health training and inmate management techniques.Since 2013, Ontario has hired over 1,000 correctional officers, and has upgraded training facilities to support the hiring and training of additional recruits. Earlier this year, the province committed to hiring 2,000 correctional officers over the next three years. To date, 431 of those correctional officers have been hired.
Investing in staffing and technology is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
- The new correctional officers will be deployed to: Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre, Central East Correctional Centre, Central North Correctional Centre, Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre, Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre, Kenora Jail, Maplehurst Correctional Complex, Niagara Detention Centre, North Bay Jail, Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, Sarnia Jail, Sudbury Jail, South West Detention Centre, Thunder Bay Jail, Toronto East Detention Centre, Toronto South Detention Centre, Vanier Centre for Women.
- The Correctional Officer Training and Assessment is an eight-week program that all corrections officers are required to take before being deployed.
- Another 146 new correctional officer recruits are scheduled to begin training on Aug. 8, 2016.
- The province is installing advanced technology full-body scanners in all 26 adult provincial correctional facilities over two years to further improve staff and inmate safety, reduce contraband and enhance security.
“Our government has an ongoing commitment to transform Ontario’s Correctional Services, which will ensure that we have skilled staff and tailored programs in place to support the successful rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders back into the community. Correctional officers play an essential role in this transformation, as they are working the frontline in our province’s institutions. I would like to congratulate our 133 new graduates and thank them for their commitment to community safety and public service in Ontario.”