HAMILTON — The Ontario government is enhancing public safety in communities across the province by hiring 98 new correctional officer graduates who will help ensure communities are supported and protected. Increasing frontline staff is part of the government’s investment of more than $500 million over five years to modernize adult correctional services.
“I applaud every graduate for choosing a rewarding career in corrections and salute them for their contribution,” said Solicitor General Michael Kerzner. “Correctional officers are vital public safety partners who make a difference to our communities on the frontlines of the justice system.”
Graduates have successfully completed the eight-week correctional officer training program, delivered virtually by Mohawk College. In-person training was led by the Corrections Centre for Professional Advancement and Training. All recruits received extensive training with enhanced instruction in communication and de-escalation techniques. The curriculum also included a focus on anti-Black racism, Indigenous cultural training, and inmate management techniques. There are three Francophone recruits in this cohort.
Correctional officer graduates will be assigned to 17 different institutions across Ontario near their home regions:
- Seven graduates will support the Eastern Region at the Central East Correctional Centre and Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.
- 27 will support the Western Region at the Central North Correctional Centre, Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre, Sarnia Jail and South West Detention Centre.
- 26 graduates will work in the Northern Region at the Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre, Fort Frances Jail, Kenora Jail, Monteith Correctional Complex, Sudbury Jail, Thunder Bay Jail and Thunder Bay Correctional Centre.
- 24 will work in the Toronto Region at Toronto East Detention Centre and Toronto South Detention Centre.
- 14 will support the Central Region at the Maplehurst Correctional Complex and Vanier Centre for Women.
SOURCE Province of Ontario