Community Advisory Boards - Reports
Community Advisory Boards
Community Advisory Boards (CABs) are mandated to provide advice and recommendations to the ministry and the government on all aspects of the operations of the individual correctional facilities they serve.
Community Advisory Boards are independent bodies that the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services established to strengthen links between the community and provincial institutions. These advisory boards consist entirely of volunteers from a variety of professional backgrounds who are appointed by the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services from local communities.
There are currently six CABs in operation: Central East Correctional Centre, Central North Correctional Centre, Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre, Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre, South West Detention Centre and Toronto South Detention Centre. Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre will have a CAB up and running by the end of 2015.
CAB volunteers increase transparency and accountability within Correctional Services by strengthening the links between correctional facilities and the communities they serve. CABs also bring awareness at the local level of the essential role correctional staff play in keeping our communities safe.
CAB members have a right of access, at any time, to all areas of the institution. CAB members have full and free access to inspect and tour the institution whenever they choose, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week under normal operating conditions.
The CAB also meets with the Superintendent of the institution on a monthly basis and works closely and directly with them to discuss, and resolve issues brought to their attention.
Each CAB is responsible for presenting an annual report to the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. A plain language version of each CAB report is available below.* All plain language versions have been reviewed and approved by the CAB Chairs.
Also available for review are acknowledgement letters from the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and detailed response letters to each CAB from the Deputy Minister for Correctional Services.
Please note, the South West Detention Centre CAB was established in April 2015, and is not part of the 2014-15 reporting period.