Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

January 10, 2011 13:25 ET

Harper Government Announces Action for Safety of Canadian Streets and Communities

Prison expansion to help keep dangerous criminals behind bars

KINGSTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 10, 2011) - Today, the Harper Government announced further action for the safety of Canadian streets and communities with an investment to help keep dangerous criminals behind bars. The $20-million announcement to expand two Ontario institutions in order to better provide for the protection of Canadians was made at Pittsburgh Institution by Gordon O'Connor, Minister of State and Chief Government Whip, on behalf of the Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Minister of Public Safety.

"Our Government is proud to be on the right side of this issue — the side of law-abiding citizens, the side of victims who want justice, and the side that understands the cost of a safe and secure society is an investment worth making," said the Honourable Gordon O'Connor, on behalf of Minister Toews."

This $20-million expansion will involve the construction of one new 50-bed living unit at Frontenac Institution and one new 50-bed living unit at Pittsburgh Institution. It is anticipated that these new living units will be completed in 2012-2013.

"In the previous system, a violent criminal sentenced to nine years in prison could potentially be on our streets in as little as three years if he or she spent two years awaiting trial. This possibility is not acceptable to Canadians," said the Honourable Gordon O'Connor, on behalf of Minister Toews. "We are acting to ensure that the criminals pay their debt – their full debt – to society."

It is anticipated that over the coming years, CSC will be adding over 2,700 beds to men's and women's facilities across Canada.

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service of Canada
    Stephen Hogan
    Director, Communications and Executive Services,
    Ontario Region
    Office of the Minister of Public Safety
    Christopher McCluskey