“Today’s decision is a proactive one. When we started reinstating some activities at our sites, we were clear that we might need to make rapid changes to adapt to the evolving public health situation in different communities. Institutions are closed living environments and we have learned a lot about COVID-19 and how to mitigate its spread.”
“We recognize these measures may be difficult for offenders and their families. In all our operations, we must put everyone’s health and safety first as we work to provide offenders with the supports they need.”
– Anne Kelly, Commissioner, Correctional Service Canada
There are currently no active inmate cases of COVID-19 at any of CSC’s 43 institutions. Inmate testing results are updated daily online.
There are 10 institutions and six CCCs in Quebec.
CSC has a proactive contact tracing protocol, which begins at the onset of symptoms rather than waiting for a positive test result. To date, CSC has trained over 250 staff to conduct contact tracing.
CSC has the appropriate supplies and personal protective equipment at each site, including masks, gloves, gowns and eye protection.
All offenders and staff have been provided with non-medical masks and instructed on how to wear them.
A risk management framework and mitigation strategies, developed in collaboration with public health, labour partners and stakeholders, are in place to monitor activities. CSC is ready to adapt its operations at any time.
CSC communicates regularly with employees, inmates and stakeholders with a focus on public education and prevention.