211 New Correctional Officers Graduate
Additional Staff to Support Corrections Reform
Ontario continues to invest in the transformation of correctional services with added staffing at the province's correctional facilities to keep staff and inmates safe.
This month, 211 new correctional officers graduated from the Correctional Officer Training and Assessment (COTA) program - a comprehensive eight-week program all correctional officers must complete before deployment. It includes mental health training and inmate management techniques.
These officers will work in 20 of the province's 26 adult correctional facilities, where they will deliver rehabilitation and reintegration programming, strengthen mental health supports and improve staff and inmate safety.
Hiring additional correctional officers and transforming correctional services is part of Ontario's plan to build stronger and safer communities.
- The new correctional officers will be deployed at: Algoma Treatment & Remand Centre; Central East Correctional Centre; Central North Correctional Centre; Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre; Fort Frances Jail; Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre; Kenora Jail; Maplehurst Correctional Complex; Monteith Correctional Complex; Niagara Detention Centre; North Bay Jail; Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre; Quinte Detention Centre; Sarnia Jail; Sudbury Jail; Thunder Bay Correctional Centre; Thunder Bay Jail; Toronto East Detention Centre; Toronto South Detention Centre; and, Vanier Centre for Women.
- In 2016, the government committed to hiring 2,000 correctional officers in three years. Since March 2016, 1,530 have been hired, including today’s graduates.
- An additional 216 new recruits are scheduled to begin training in January 2018.
- In 2019, the province will open its first dedicated mental health unit on the site of the Roy McMurtry Youth Centre in Brampton to meet the specific, often complex needs of female inmates with mental health issues.