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  • COVID-19 Update

    Message from the Correctional Investigator of Canada

    April 23, 2020

    The Correctional Investigator of Canada has published a COVID-19 Status Update.

  • COVID-19 Impact on Service and Operations

    Message from the Correctional Investigator of Canada

    March 24, 2020

    The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has implemented exceptional COVID-19 measures that will affect routines and conditions of confinement in Canada’s federal penitentiaries, including suspension of all visits until further notice.  At this time, though regular and scheduled institutional visits from OCI staff members have also been temporarily suspended and most staff are working remotely from home, as an external independent oversight body the Office of the Correctional Investigator will maintain an essential level of services and operations, including regular situational monitoring.  The Office’s toll free number in every penitentiary (1-877-885-8848) and general contact email org@oci-bec.gc.ca will remain open and operational.  Any inmate call or contact will be returned or addressed, with emergency matters taking precedence.  As the situation evolves, the Office will consider making emergency institutional visits on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration directions from health authorities.

    Over the coming weeks, the Office will maintain vigilance.  Investigators are in regular contact and communication with CSC staff at their assigned institutions.  Regular calls and contacts with Inmate Welfare Committees and institutional Health Services have also been initiated.  Designated staff have been specifically asked to identify and document COVID-19 measures that may impact on the life, liberty and health interests of the inmate population.  These include: 

    • Incidence of lockdowns or any period of isolation for health purposes, including reason(s), duration and measures to resolve the underlying situation.
    • Modifications/disruptions to regular institutional routines and their nature.
    • Incidents involving work stoppages, disruptions or refusals to work under the Canada Labor Code.
    • Assessment of workforce capacity and operational readiness to ensure safe and humane care and custody.

    In addition, the Correctional Investigator has scheduled regular updates with the Commissioner of Corrections, and will be informed of any presumptive or confirmed case(s) of COVID-19 in federal penitentiaries. 

    In these challenging and changing circumstances, the Office endeavours to work collaboratively with CSC to identify and address inmate health and safety issues in a timely and effective manner.

    Dr. Ivan Zinger
    Correctional Investigator of Canada


  • Annual Report 2018-2019 February 18, 2020 (HTML) (PDF, 4.3mb)
  • Indigenous People in Federal Custody Surpasses 30% - Correctional Investigator Issues Statement and Challenge January 21, 2020 (HTML)
  • George Myette Receives the 2019 Ed McIsaac Human Rights in Corrections Award November 26, 2019 (HTML)
  • Aging and Dying in Prison: An Investigation into the Experiences of Older Individuals in Federal Custody February 28, 2019 (HTML) (PDF, 3mb)

Recent Parliamentary Appearances

Message from the Correctional Investigator of Canada

As Canadians continue to grapple with the shocking tragedy that has unfolded in Nova Scotia, our thoughts and prayers are with the families who are mourning the loss of a loved one.

Although the identities of some victims have yet to be confirmed by the RCMP, there have been numerous media reports indicating that two of the victims were Correctional Service of Canada employees. Sean McLeod was a Correctional Manager at Springhill Institution and Alanna Jenkins was a Correctional Manager at the Nova Institution for Women.

I have been in touch with Ms. Anne Kelly, the Commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada, to express my condolences.

On behalf of my Office, I want to express sincerest condolences to the McLeod and Jenkins families, as well as their friends and colleagues.

Dr. Ivan Zinger
Correctional Investigator of Canada

Highlights

Annual Report of the Office of the Correctional Investigator 2018-2019

The Annual Report of the Office of the Correctional Investigator 2018-2019 - February 18, 2020

Continue reading: The 2018-2019 Annual Report of the Office of the Correctional Investigator - February 18, 2020

George Myette Receives the 2019 Ed McIsaac Human Rights in Corrections Award - November 26, 2019

George Myette Receives the 2019 Ed McIsaac Human Rights in Corrections Award (November 26, 2019)

Continue reading: George Myette Receives the 2019 Ed McIsaac Human Rights in Corrections Award - November 26, 2019

Aging and Dying in Prison: An Investigation into the Experiences of Older Individuals in Federal Custody - Report cover

Aging and Dying in Prison: An Investigation into the Experiences of Older Individuals in Federal Custody

Continue reading: Aging and Dying in Prison: An Investigation into the Experiences of Older Individuals in Federal Custody - February 28, 2019

Mission Statement

As the ombudsman for federally sentenced offenders, the Office of the Correctional Investigator serves Canadians and contributes to safe, lawful and humane corrections through independent oversight of the Correctional Service of Canada by providing accessible, impartial and timely investigation of individual and systemic concerns.

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