Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

March 22, 2011 11:58 ET

Federal Inmates to Assist in Flood Preparation Efforts

ROCKWOOD INSTITUTION, STONY MOUNTAIN, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - March 22, 2011) - The Correctional Service of Canada has partnered with the Rural Municipalities of Cartier, St. Francois Xavier and Headingly and the Provincial Emergency Measures Office (EMO) to have minimum security inmates at Rockwood Institution fill sand bags in preparation for spring flood in Southern Manitoba. 

One sandbagging machine has been delivered to Rockwood Institution. The machine requires a minimum of 48 workers to produce at full capacity. It is expected that there will be up to 65 inmates involved in the project. It is estimated they will be able to fill 100,000 sandbags. 

The Correctional Service of Canada will be in communication with EMO for the duration of the project. There is a possibility the project could extend beyond the planned two weeks, depending on spring flood conditions. 

Officials anticipate the high possibility of substantial flooding in Southern Manitoba. The Correctional Service of Canada determined this was an opportunity where inmates could assist and give back to the community. The success of launching this project for the Correctional Service of Canada has been a joint effort of staff at both Rockwood Institution and Stony Mountain Institution.

Rockwood Institution is a federally operated minimum security institution located 11 kilometres north of Winnipeg and adjacent to Stony Mountain Institution currently accommodating 130 inmates.

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service of Canada
    Rockwood Institution, Stony Mountain, MB
    Leah Grove
    Media Spokesperson
    204-344-5111, Ext. 3488