Staffing help on way for Milton correctional facilities from province


Published August 25, 2022 at 3:59 pm

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Milton's Maplehurst Correctional Complex and Vanier Centre for Women, along with the Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre, will be receiving new correctional officers as as part of a $500 million investment by the province over five years. FACEBOOK IMAGE

A pair of Milton correctional facilities are getting a helping hand with staffing from the provincial government.

The Maplehurst Correctional Complex and Vanier Centre for Women will be receiving new correctional officers as part of the province’s $500 million investment over five years to modernize correctional facilities and hire frontline staff.

A total of 123 new fully trained correctional officers will be hired, including 15 who will support the Central Region at Maplehurst, Vanier Centre and the Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre.

“Our government continues to strengthen Ontario’s justice system by hiring more staff to support correctional services,” said Solicitor General Michael Kerzner. “Correctional officers contribute to the safety of our communities and provide a vital service within the justice system, and we are proud to have their backs.

“On behalf of the Ontario government, I applaud every person who has chosen a career in corrections and thank them for their commitment to public service and to ensuring inmates have what they need for successful rehabilitation while in custody.”

The correctional officers have been fully trained at a program delivered virtually by Mohawk College in Hamilton.

In-person training, which included enhanced instruction in communication and de-escalation techniques, was led by the Corrections Centre for Professional Advancement and Training.

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

Correctional officer graduates will also be assigned to 14 other institutions across Ontario near their home regions:

  • 32 graduates will support the Eastern Region at the Central East Correctional Centre, Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre and Quinte Detention Centre.
  • 27 will support the Western Region at the Central North Correctional Centre and Sarnia Jail.
  • 32 graduates will work in the Northern Region at the Fort Frances Jail, Kenora Jail, Monteith Correctional Complex, Sudbury Jail and Thunder Bay Correctional Centre.
  • 17 will work in the Toronto Region at Toronto East Detention Centre and Toronto South Detention Centre.

Maplehurst Correctional Complex is located at 661 Martin Street, while the Vanier Centre for Women is next to it at 665 Martin Street in Milton.

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