Deputy Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
Matt Torigian was appointed Deputy Minister of Community Safety effective June 9, 2014, becoming responsible for a portfolio that includes the Ontario Provincial Police, the Ontario Police College, the Death Investigations System in Ontario, Police Support and Inspections Services, the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management. On February 27, 2016, he was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, now also responsible for Correctional Services in Ontario, whose mandate is to supervise the detention and release of adult inmates, parolees, those on conditional sentences and probationers. He also acts as Ontario’s Deputy Solicitor General.
In his role, Deputy Minister Torigian has the mandate of ensuring that Ontario communities are supported and protected by accountable, efficient, effective and accessible justice and public safety systems, as well as protected by a modern correctional system where incarcerated offenders are held in a safe and secure environment, and where those serving sentences in the community are well supervised. He is currently leading the development of the Strategy for a Safer Ontario, which is about finding better and smarter ways to build even safer communities, using a multi-sectoral and collaborative approach to Community Safety and Well-Being. Aligned with this Strategy is a longer-term transformation initiative for Correctional Services, which will ensure a sustainable and effective correctional system to meet the needs of the 21st century.
Prior to his appointment to the Ontario Public Service, Matt began his policing career with the Waterloo Regional Police Service in 1985 and has held progressively responsible positions until his appointment as Waterloo Region’s fifth Chief of Police on December 12, 2007.