Ontario Recognizes Correctional Services StaffPublished on May 06, 2019
Province Honours Essential Partners in Ontario’s Justice System
Each year during the first week of May, Ontario recognizes the significant contribution correctional officers, probation and parole officers, nurses, social workers, recreation staff and so many others make to keep our communities safe.
Over the course of the coming week, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones and Parliamentary Assistant Prabmeet Sarkaria will be visiting correctional facilities and probation and parole offices across the province to learn firsthand from these frontline personnel about the challenges they experience in their day to day work keeping Ontarians safe. They will reaffirm the government's commitment to support correctional staff in their vital work, which is essential to protecting Ontario families, standing up for victims, and holding criminals accountable for their actions.
"Whether it's behind institutional walls, or in our communities, correctional services staff are essential partners in Ontario's justice system," said Jones. "Through their hard work and dedication, these individuals provide the supervision, care and rehabilitation of offenders and help keep our communities safe. Their commitment does not go unnoticed."
Later this week, the province and Ontario's correctional services staff will pay tribute to those who have fallen in the line of duty at the annual Correctional Services Ceremony of Remembrance at Queen's Park. This ceremony honours the contributions and sacrifices of the province's correctional services staff over the years.
"The vital work of correctional services staff will never be witnessed firsthand by the vast majority of citizens. And yet, their contributions help make Ontario one of the safest jurisdictions in the world. We do not take this for granted, which is why we are committed to supporting our corrections officers, probation and parole officers, and other correctional staff," said Jones.
Over the past several months, Ontario has made improvements at adult correctional facilities across the province including better health and wellness supports for correctional officers; reconfirming Ontario's commitment to build a new, modern correctional complex in Thunder Bay; expanding the female unit at Monteith Correctional Complex; having a dedicated canine unit at Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre; and increasing safety at the Kenora Jail by upgrading infrastructure and strengthening partnerships between corrections staff and police services.