A message from the Interim Commissioner

It has been almost a month since I took over as Interim Commissioner and the days have flown by while settling into my new responsibilities.
Nancy Martin (Photo: Steve Seixeiro, SeixeiroPhotography.com)

CSC employee at Olympic trials

For Correctional Service of Canada employee Nancy Martin, elite-level curling is a team effort in more ways than one.
Two of the loads of hay being delivered to farmers in Barriere, B.C.

CSC employees offer assistance during summer wildfires

What started as a two-hectare wildfire in an area west of 100 Mile House, British Columbia (B.C.) grew over the summer to more than 1,000 fires throughout the province.
Clare Carefoot

Buffalo Sage Wellness House: Relationships Between All Things

Buffalo Sage Wellness Centre offers a unique correctional environment.
A photo of the school at Collins Bay Institution

Erin and Lee's Story

At all of our penitentiaries across the country, teams of dedicated professionals work closely with each offender to identify programs that will help him or her take responsibil
A photo of Sonia and Karine

CSC employees in Las Vegas

When Karine Jetté-Contant and Sonia Cloutier, both correctional officers at La Macaza Institution in Quebec, went to Las Vegas as part of a fun road trip, they didn’t expect to

Employees who have faced and resolved conflict at work – A Q&A

Conflict is defined as a struggle between two or more people. It can happen because there are needs, values, or ideas that are seen to be different.

Victim Services at CSC - Then and Now

This September marked the 10th anniversary of the National Victim Services Program at the Correctional Service of
A photo of the Community Pipes and Drums, Pacific Region


By: Steve G. Gallagher, Pipe Major, Community Pipes and Drums, Pacific In November of 2016 I was performing at an Exemplary Service Awards ceremony, one of the several pacific region events I perform at throughout the year with the Guard of Honour
Photo of David Molzahn, Manager, Community and Stakeholder Relations with Louise Leonardi, Executive Director, Canadian Families and Corrections Network (CFCN)

Jeffrey’s out of Jail

By: Donat Bilomba and Eileen Thoo When we talk about corrections, the focus of conversation is often centered on offenders and victims.

Fraser Valley Institution Quilts – Inmates Give Back

Female inmates at the Fraser Valley Institution (FVI) minimum security annex have been very busy making quilts for those in need of comfort. Seven of them were recently donated

Mission Garden Project

Offenders at Mission Institution, as part of their vocational training, grow vegetables in the garden located on institutional grounds.

Celebrating Canada 150 at Bath Institution

It was just a boring, empty, white wall at Bath Institution. A wall that Warden Kathy Hinch was mulling over for close to a year, trying to decide what to do with it.

Sitting with another person's pain - Alan Edward's story

It's been twenty years since Alan Edwards, a Restorative Justice facilitator in Edmonton, began working in the field.

Taking one day at a time

After losing her daughter, Patricia Hung is helping other victims navigate tragedy It was New Years Day 2008 when Patricia Hung’s daughter, 14-year-old Stefanie Rengel, was brutally murdered outside their home in Toronto.

How jail changed Sheldon’s life

When asked to describe his life prior to going to jail, Sheldon uses just one word: chaotic.

Daniel McElroy’s story

By: Michael Geisterfer * Note to the reader: Some of the details included in this story may be disturbing to some readers.

Reforestation for Earth Day - 5,000 trees to be planted in Quebec Region on CSC property

By Frédéric Bussière, Institutional Environmental Officer, Quebec Region Correctional Service Canada (CSC), in partnership with Jour de la Terre, an organization whose mission is to help citizens and organizations reduce their environmental impact, w

World Interfaith Harmony Week speaker sets challenge for CSC and society

This year’s World Interfaith Harmony Week event speaker challenged the theme of the February 28, 2017 event.

Being Bold for Change

“Don’t be quietly amazing” CSC is blessed to have a dynamic leadership team that includes some amazing and inspiring women.  This month,  in honour of International Women’s Day (March 8), the Women Offend
A photo of Jean Roy with her male colleagues in 1925

Top 10 things you didn’t know about women in corrections

1. CSC records indicate that Miss Jean Roy (above) was the first woman to work at national headquarters.

Making positive changes – CSC’s midyear results

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is making progress on its goals for this fiscal year (2016-17).

The Success of the Employment to Empowerment Project in the Pacific Region

By: Eileen Thoo and Donat Bilomba When Employment to Empowerment (E2E) began in September 2014, the challenge was to create 400 jobs for offenders in the Pacific Region.

Free Days with George

New York Times Bestselling author, Colin Campbell, shares his experience of visiting Bath Institution in Ontario Book Clubs for Inmates is a national charity that promotes reading and the sharing of opinions through book clubs within federal penitentiaries, giving inmates a “second cha

A gentle, quiet spirit

The 2016 James A. Murphy Award of Excellence winner Twenty-six years ago Niels Bjelbo’s life was at a standstill. He had reached rock bottom. Desperate for a change, he joined a self-help group and was, in his words, rescued.

20th annual L.I.N.C. (Long-term Inmates Now in the Community) Society's clean and sober Christmas dinner a success

Over three hundred people attended L.I.N.C.’s 20th annual clean and sober Christmas dinner held on Thursday, December 15th in Mission, British Columbia.  L.I.N.C.

Respect at Work - Job Shadowing at Stony Mountain Institution

In May 2016, Stony Mountain Institution (SMI) formally launched a staff job shadowing initiative.

CSC’s New Training Academy

In December 2015, CSC officially opened its new Training Academy at the RCMP Academy Depot Division in Regina, Saskatchewan.
A photo of Commissioner Don Head with the winners of the Hackathon

Mental Health Hackathon – Employees Helping Employees

Two years ago we held our first-ever Hackathon aimed at developing a tool to help parole officers do their work. This October, we held our second Hackathon.