Days after the provincial government struck a deal with unionized correctional workers to avert a strike, Ontario is taking steps to increase staffing levels at the province’s jails.
More than 140 new correctional officers are being trained to help increase staffing levels at Ontario’s jails.
The province says the group is the largest class of recruits to enter the Ontario Correctional Services College to date.
They will take an eight-week course including mental health training and inmate management techniques and graduates will be sent to facilities across Ontario starting in March.
“It is my pleasure to welcome these 144 new correctional officers, the largest class of recruits ever to enter the Ontario Correctional Services College, who will further build on the 571 new correctional officers our government has hired and trained since 2013,” said Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
“They are a vital part of the work that is underway to transform our correctional system and I want to thank them for choosing a career dedicated to public service and helping to keep our communities safe.”
The training of the new recruits comes as the government reached a deal with six-thousand jail guards and probation officers last weekend, narrowly averting a strike.