Many of Ontario's jails that are still in use were built before Confederation.
These are just a few of Ontario's oldest jails that are still in operation.
While the structures of many of these old buildings may be picturesque, the reality is that they were built long before safety and construction standards were standardized into present-day building codes.
Correctional standards have also changed dramatically since pre-Confederation.
Ontario's oldest facilities have failed to keep pace with these changes and cannot be altered easily to meet modern standards.
That is why Ontario is transforming its current system of institutions into a modern correctional system that is safe, secure, efficient, effective and accountable. All new facilities and retrofits will incorporate advanced technologies and ultra-modern features designed to enhance public safety and to provide safer working environments for staff.