Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services :: Modernizing the System

Correctional Services

Modernizing the System

Decommissioning Older Facilities

In 1996, Ontario launched the Infrastructure Renewal Program to transform the province's aging correctional system into one that is safe, secure, efficient, effective and accountable.

This initiative involves expanding, retrofitting and building new correctional facilities, as well as decommissioning older, less efficient facilities.

The decision to decommission certain facilities is based on a number of considerations, such as:

  • age and general condition of the facility;
  • relative size of the facilities and surrounding property; and
  • costs associated with making additions or alterations.

When the Infrastructure Renewal Program was announced, the ministry had 45 institutions in its correctional system. Over the past five years, 31 adult facilities have been identified for decommissioning. Facility decommissioning involves extensive transition planning that ensures:

  • timely and efficient transfer of inmates, programs, services and assets;
  • staff continuity;
  • minimal disruption to the police and courts; and
  • continuing safety and security of the institution and transfer operations.

The following institutions have been decommissioned since the Infrastructure Renewal Program began.

Name of Facility

Year Opened

Decommissioning
Date

Barrie Jail

1842

December 2001

Burtch Correctional Centre

1948

January 2003

Cobourg Jail

1906

July 1998

Guelph Correctional Centre

1915

 

Haileybury Jail

1928

July 1998

Lindsay Jail

1863

January 2003

L'Orignal

1825

July 1998

Millbrook Correctional Centre

1957

May 2003

Parry Sound Jail

1878

November 2001

Pembroke Jail

1867

April 2004

Peterborough Jail

1842

December 2001

Rideau Correctional and Treatment Centre

1947

January 2004

Vanier Centre for Women

1969

 

Waterloo Detention Centre

1978

July 2001

Wellington Detention Centre

1980

July 2001

Whitby Jail

1959

January 2003

The following institutions are also identified for decommissioning. The actual dates of decommissioning are to be determined.

Name of Facility

Year Opened

Brockville Jail

1842

Cornwall Jail

1834

Mimico Correctional Centre

1952

Ontario Correctional Institute

1973

Sault Ste. Marie Jail

1914

Toronto Jail

1958

Windsor Jail