Over 100 new correctional officers have been hired and will be dispersed across the province to strengthen public safety in communities.

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.

“Our government’s commitment to upgrading the Kenora Jail and adding personnel continues, as evidenced by new corrections officers headed to Kenora,” said Greg Rickford, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River. “Enhancing corrections facilities is an important part of our government's plans to improve communities, and I would like to wish these corrections officers the best as they embark on a new career.”

107 officers graduated from the eight-week correctional officer training program that took place virtually and in person. Each recruit received extensive training in communication and de-escalation skills.

The curriculum also included a focus on anti-Black racism, Indigenous cultural training, and inmate management techniques.

“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.”

Correctional officer graduates will be assigned to 18 different institutions across Ontario near their home regions:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.