154 New Correctional Officers Graduate
Additional Staff to Support Corrections Reform
Ontario has hired an additional 154 new correctional officers as the province continues to reform its correctional system by investing 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 that all correctional officers are required to complete before being deployed.
These officers are being deployed to institutions across the province as part of the province's plan to have more staff at Ontario's correctional facilities, enhance program delivery, and improve staff and inmate safety. They will also help improve the delivery of rehabilitation and reintegration programming and strengthen mental health supports.
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.
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.
- The new correctional officers will be deployed to: Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre, Central North Correctional Centre, Monteith Correctional Centre, Sudbury Jail, Thunder Bay Jail, Thunder Bay Correctional Complex, Maplehurst Correctional Complex, Toronto South Detention Centre, Vanier Center for Women, Brockville Jail/St. Lawrence Valley Correctional and Treatment Centre, Central East Correctional Centre, Ottawa Carlton Detention Centre, Quinte Detention Centre, Brantford Jail, Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre, Niagara Detention Centre, Sarnia Jail and the South West Detention Centre.
- An additional 216 new recruits are scheduled to begin training on August 14, 2017.
- In May, Ontario 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. As our government works to reform the province’s correctional system, we need more people, with the right skills and training, to meet the needs of those in our custody and to ensure the safety of our institutions. I look forward to working with you, and with the dedicated staff in institutions across the province.”