OCDC Task Force - Terms of Reference

Corrections

Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre Task Force

Terms of Reference


Section 1.0: Background

  1. On March 25, 2016, the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services committed to establishing an Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) Task Force to develop an action plan that addresses overcrowding and capacity issues, and the resulting impacts at OCDC in the near term, and which will also identify long-term solutions to improve the health and safety of all inmates and staff. 
  2. The Task Force will operate under the leadership of the Deputy Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
  3. The Deputy Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services will ensure that the Task Force is provided with access to all information relevant to its mandate.
  4. The purpose of this document is to establish the Terms of Reference for the operation of the OCDC Task Force.
  5. This document will outline the overall mandate of the Task Force, its membership, and the outcomes to be achieved. 

Section 2.0: Mandate of the OCDC Task Force

The mandate of the Task Force is to:

  1. Plan and conduct a review of overcrowding and capacity issues at OCDC, including a review of standing orders, policies and trends.
  2. Develop an action plan with specific recommendations that addresses overcrowding and capacity issues at OCDC on both a short and long-term basis, including approaches that can facilitate effective and efficient gradual release.
  3. Develop an action plan with specific recommendations that addresses long-term solutions to improve the health and safety of inmates and staff.
  4. Create an accountability structure as part of the action plan to track and report on the recommendations that are implemented by the ministry.

Section 3.0: Task Force Membership and Consultations

The Task Force membership will include the following:

  • Marg Welch, Associate Deputy Minister, Correctional Services - Task Force Lead
  • Pauline Jones, ADM, Institutional Services
  • Mike Wood, Superintendent, OCDC
  • Randy Denis, Eastern Regional Director
  • Daryl Pitfield, Director, Institutional Operations Branch 
  • Monty Vieselmeyer, MERC Union member
  • Denis Collin, Local/OCDC Union President
  • Todd Hockey, Correctional Officer, OCDC
  • Vikki Bair, Crown Attorney, Eastern Region, Ministry of the Attorney General
  • Meredith Porter, Community Advisory Board Chair, OCDC
  • Dominic Lamb, Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa
  • Irene Mathias, Mothers Offering Mutual Support - Community Representative
  • Bryonie Baxter, Executive Director, Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa

Where members are not able to attend, designates may participate in their place, with advance approval of the Task Force Lead.  However, members are encouraged to attend all meetings personally.

Non-members/guests may attend meetings when their attendance as subject matter experts is required. Attendance of non-members must be approved by the Task Force Lead in advance of the meeting. Where non-members are engaged, written submissions will also be accepted and reviewed to inform the development of the action plan.

Confidentiality is required of all Task Force members.

Task Force Meetings

  • The Task Force will meet as required.
  • The Task Force Lead will identify Task Force meeting dates.
  • Secretariat support for the meetings (booking facilities and other logistics, developing agendas, taking meeting minutes, etc.) will be provided by the Associate Deputy Minister’s Office.

Throughout the development of the Action Plan, the Task Force will consult with the following stakeholders:

  • Correctional Service of Canada
  • Ministry of the Attorney General (Criminal Law Division)
  • Regional Senior Justice, East Region, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Regional Senior Justice of the Peace, East Region, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Ottawa Police Service and Ontario Provincial Police
  • Local Bail Committee representative
  • Ontario Parole Board
  • Probation‎ Officers Association of Ontario
  • John Howard Society of Ottawa

Ministry staff and divisions that may provide support to the Task Force include:

  • Local management and correctional officers, program officers, classification/rehabilitation officers, admit and discharge officers, and segregation officers
  • Policy and Strategic Planning Division
  • Operational Support Division
  • Operational Managers Steering  Committee

Section 4.0: Outcomes

The Task Force will submit an action plan to the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services to review and approve final recommendations by June 1, 2016.

The ministry will ensure appropriate implementation of the action plan.