“Choosing a career in corrections is an opportunity to serve your community and help those in the criminal justice system achieve a better path,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “Today’s graduates exemplify true public service, and thanks to their hard work and training they will make meaningful contributions to corrections facilities across Ontario. Congratulations to each and every one of you.”
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.