Marie-France Lalonde Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services has said “I want to thank the members of the Task Force for their recommendations, and the staff at OCDC who continue to support important changes at OCDC and across our province’s correctional system. These recommendations were a catalyst for the broad and bold action the government has recently taken to reform the correctional system, including the approval of funding for a new jail in Ottawa. I look forward to working with the dedicated men and women who supervise and care for those in custody to transform corrections in Ontario.” and

Yasir Naqvi Attorney General said that “Above all else, this progress report shows that, as a government, we have made meaningful progress in our efforts to make our justice system faster and fairer, and more responsive to the needs of the people it serves: from victims to the accused, to the broader community. Already, programs like our bail beds pilot are having real, tangible benefits for vulnerable, high-needs individuals who come in contact with the law here in Ottawa. Our government will work to build on successes like these as we continue to roll out our bail and time-to-trial initiatives provincewide.”

The province will continue to implement the remaining recommendations at OCDC that require longer term solutions as part of the broader transformation of Ontario’s correctional services system. The government will provide regular updates as this work progresses.

Reforming Ontario’s correctional system is part of our plan to keep communities safe, support rehabilitation and reintegration and help people in their everyday lives.