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Preparing Detained Youth for Success

Construction of New Training Facility at the William E. Hay Centre Now Underway

Ontario is improving access to trades training and education for youth in secure custody to help them succeed and make a positive contribution in their communities after their release.

The province is providing $2.3 million to support the construction of a new trades training centre at the William E. Hay Centre. The new centre is now under construction. Once complete, the 3,500 square foot centre will offer employable skills training to detained youth in areas such as framing, electrical, automotive, greenhouse and metal work.

A strong youth justice system that holds youth accountable for their actions, while providing the right supports to help them succeed in life, is part of the government's plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

Quick Facts

  • Since the Youth Criminal Justice Act came into effect in 2003, the number of youth in secure custody has dropped from more than 1,000 per day to currently under 400 per day.
  • Ontario has 20 secure youth custody facilities — six are directly operated by the province.
  • The rate of re-offending for youth with custody sentences dropped to 56.2 per cent in 2012 from 63.5 per cent in 2008.
  • Ontario’s youth crime rate decreased 26 per cent between 2008 and 2012.

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“Our focus for youth in conflict with the law is to provide an opportunity for positive rehabilitation. Facilities like this new trades training centre at William E. Hay will teach important employment and life skills, preparing youth for success.”

Tracy MacCharles

Minister of Children and Youth Services

“Our government's investment in the Trades Training Centre at the William E. Hay Centre in Ottawa South will offer young people who need our help the opportunity to turn their lives around.”

John Fraser

Ottawa South MPP

“With the new trades training centre, youth in custody will gain valuable skills in a highly employable sector of our economy.”

Jonathan Crosier

Principal, M. F. McHugh Education Centre

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