107 Correctional Officers Join the Frontline, including 19 in the Northern Region
HAMILTON — The Ontario government is strengthening public safety in communities across the province by hiring 107 new correctional officers. These hires are part of the government’s ongoing commitment to invest more than $500 million over five years to transform adult correctional services and improve safety.
“The comprehensive skills and training graduates have acquired will help ensure they can make critical contributions to the communities they serve,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “I would like to recognize each graduate for their hard work, dedication to public service and commitment to keeping Ontario safe each and every day.”
The eight-week correctional officer training program took place virtually and in-person. Recruits received extensive training with enhanced instruction in communication and de-escalation skills. The curriculum also included a focus on anti-Black racism, Indigenous cultural training, and inmate management techniques.
Correctional officer graduates will be assigned to 18 different institutions across Ontario near their home regions:
- 21 graduates will support the Eastern Region at the Central East Correctional Centre, Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre and Quinte Detention Centre.
- 14 will support the Western Region at the Central North Correctional Centre, Stratford Jail, Sarnia Jail and Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre.
- 19 graduates will work in the Northern Region at the Sudbury Jail, Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre, Monteith Correctional Complex, Kenora Jail, Thunder Bay Jail, Thunder Bay Correctional Centre.
- 37 will work in the Toronto Region at Toronto East Detention Centre and Toronto South Detention Centre.
- 16 will support the Central Region at the Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre, Maplehurst Correctional Complex and Niagara Detention Centre.
The correctional officer graduates received compensation from the province while undergoing training to help remove barriers to employment.
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