Ontario Honours Correctional Workers
Province Unveils Correctional Workers’ Monument
Today, Ontario honoured those who have fallen in the line of duty while serving in the province's correctional services during the seventh annual Ceremony of Remembrance.
This occasion was marked by the unveiling of a monument recognizing the contribution correctional services staff make to Ontario's justice system, and to keeping our communities safe.
The monument, entitled Hours of the Day, is a sculpture anchored between two granite benches. It signifies the passage of time, capturing the hours that correctional services staff work in the service of others - inside our institutions and within our communities.
At an earlier ceremony, the second annual Premier's Award for Excellence in Correctional Services was presented for outstanding leadership, teamwork, or innovation. Other correctional honours awarded include the Minister's Correctional Services Awards, honouring exceptional bravery, exceptional humanitarian service, exceptional volunteer service, and exceptional achievement; the Viola Desmond Inclusion Award, honouring exemplary achievement in diversity, equality, inclusion, and accessibility; and special achievement awards. In total, 77 correctional services staff received awards.
- Since March 16, 1884, 18 men and one woman have died in the line of duty in correctional services in Ontario.
- Hours of the Day was designed by Paul Raff Studios.
- The monument is located near the Queen’s Park Legislative Precinct Grounds, in Whitney Plaza.
“We are forever indebted to our courageous, hard-working correctional services staff for their absolute dedication to keeping our communities safe. The new monument gives us the opportunity to formally honour their contributions and acknowledge the importance of their work in the service of others.”
“The seventh annual Ceremony of Remembrance gives us an opportunity to pause and remember those correctional workers who have passed away in service. The ceremony also marks an exciting chapter for corrections as we unveil the monument that has been advocated for decades. The monument site will be a focus for future ceremonies of remembrance.”