211 New Correctional Officers Graduate
Additional Staff to Support Corrections Reform
Ontario has hired an additional 211 new correctional officers as the province continues to reform its correctional system and invest in staffing for adult correctional facilities.
The new correctional officers graduated today from the Correctional Officer Training and Assessment (COTA) program - a comprehensive eight-week program all correctional officers are required to complete before being deployed.
These officers are being deployed to 21 of the province's 26 adult correctional facilities and are part of the government's commitment to hire more staff, enhance services and supports, and reform Ontario's correctional system. The additional staff will also help improve the delivery of rehabilitation and reintegration programming, and strengthen mental health supports.
Reforming Ontario's correctional system is part of our plan to keep communities safe, support rehabilitation and reintegration and help people in their everyday lives.
- Correctional officers will be deployed to: Brantford Jail, Central East Correctional Centre, Central North Correctional Centre, Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre, Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre, Kenora Jail, Maplehurst Correctional Centre, Monteith Correctional Centre, Niagara Detention Centre, North Bay Jail, Ontario Correctional Institute, Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, Quinte Detention Centre, South West Detention Centre, Stratford Jail, Sudbury Jail, Thunder Bay Correctional Centre, Thunder Bay Jail, Toronto East Detention Centre, Toronto South Detention Centre, Vanier Centre for Women.
- An additional 216 new recruits are scheduled to begin training on Oct. 23, 2017.
- On Oct. 3, 2017, Ontario released the final report from the Independent Advisor on Corrections Reform, Howard Sapers, which examines select correctional practices in Ontario and provides recommendations on ways to improve them.
- 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.