143 New Correctional Officers Graduate
Additional Staff to Support Corrections Reform
Ontario continues to take action to transform the provincial correctional system by investing in staffing for the province's adult correctional facilities. Hiring additional correctional officers helps improve the delivery of rehabilitation and reintegration programming, strengthens mental health supports, and improves both staff and inmate safety.
Today, 143 new correctional officers graduated from the Correctional Officer Training and Assessment (COTA) program, a comprehensive eight-week program that all correctional officers are required to complete before being deployed. It includes mental health training and inmate management techniques.
The graduates will be working in 18 of the province's 26 adult correctional facilities and are part of the government's commitment to hiring more staff, enhancing services and supports, and reforming Ontario's correctional system.
Hiring additional correctional officers and investing in training is one way the government is reforming Ontario's correctional system to build safer communities.
- The new correctional officers will be deployed to: Central North Correctional Centre, Kenora Jail, Monteith Correctional Centre, North Bay Jail, Sudbury Jail, Thunder Bay Jail, Maplehurst Correctional Complex, Ontario Correctional Institute, Toronto East Detention Centre, Toronto South Detention Centre, Vanier Center for Women, Central East Correctional Centre, Ottawa Carlton Detention Centre, Quinte Detention Centre, Brantford Jail, Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre, Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre, Niagara Detention Centre.
- An additional 192 new recruits are scheduled to begin training on June 5, 2017.
- Ontario recently released the interim report from the Independent Advisor on Corrections Reform, Howard Sapers, which examines the use of segregation in Ontario's adult correctional facilities.
- Ontario is taking action to reform the province’s correctional system, including investing in new jails in Thunder Bay and Ottawa and introducing new legislation in fall 2017.
“Congratulations to Ontario’s newest correctional officers. Having the right people with the right skills and training to meet the needs of those in our custody – and ensure the safety of our institutions – is the key to our plan to transform Ontario’s correctional services. Thank you for taking on this important responsibility. I look forward to working with you, and with the dedicated staff in institutions across the province, as we move forward with the transformation of our correctional system.”