The Province has announced plans to hire another two-thousand correctional officers over the next three years, in efforts to improve both staff and inmate security.
The staffing increase will also enhance access to rehab and re-integration programming, as well as strengthening mental health supports.
Yasir Naqvi, the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services says the addition is a key part of the government’s transformation of the provincial correctional system to build safer communities.
“Ontario’s correctional officers are essential partners in the work underway to transform our correctional system. The hiring of 2,000 correctional officers over the next three years, building on the 710 correctional officers already hired since 2013, will ensure that we continue to attract excellent recruits to further enhance staffing levels and safety at our facilities as well as to improve rehabilitation and reintegration programming.”
Naqvi made the announcement on the first full day of training for over one hundred correctional officers.