CSC Stats on Incarceration, Covid Management (placemats)




Existing Infection Prevention  and Control Measures

Overarching approach in place in all federal correctional institutions include:

Infection Prevention  and Control (IPC) and  Environmental Health Reviews

Summary of Review Findings

JUNE 17 • 2020
Work Underway

Shaping the “New” Normal


Testing of Inmates at Time of Admission and Release

Testing of Symptomatic Inmates

Testing of Symptomatic Staff

Testing of Inmates and Staff when there is an Outbreak

Asymptomatic Surveillance - Offenders & Staff

Expanded Testing Capacity through Partnerships

Date: June 24, 2020
Classification: Unclassified
Fully releasable (ATIP)? Yes
Branch / Agency: CSC

CSC Incarceration and COVID-19 Statistics

Issue: The Correctional Service of Canada has successfully implemented a number of measures to protect the inmate population from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Proposed Response:

Background: The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has successfully implemented a number of measures to protect the inmate population from the COVID-19 pandemic. As of June 17, 2020, there are no outbreaks across any CSC institutions across Canada; however, one active case remains linked to the Federal Training Centre in Quebec.

Financial Government Support

On June 9, 2020, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Bill Blair, announced the Government of Canada’s intention to provide up to $500,000 to five National Voluntary Organizations (NVOs). This funding will support the development of pilot projects aimed at adapting important services that assist with the reintegration of offenders under supervision at community-based residential facilities (halfway houses), and to develop knowledge to help similar organizations learn from the innovative responses that have been implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Release of Offenders

CSC and the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) are working collaboratively to facilitate the safe release of federal inmates into the community with public safety being paramount in all discretionary release decisions. As mandated by the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA), all releases to the community happen within existing authorities.

As of June 21, 2020, the federal custody stands at 13,075. From March 1, 2020 to June 21, 2020, the federal custody population has declined by 883 inmates. That represents a decline of 6% (812 inmates)for the male custody population and a decline of 10% (71 inmates) for the female custody population.

During the months of March, April, May and June, releases consistently outnumbered admissions, thereby effectively reducing the federal custody population. Over the past 3.5 months, there continues to be a sustained and pronounced reduction of the federal custody population.

We are engaging with our community partners on an ongoing basis to ensure that offenders on conditional release have a safe, secure and supportive environment to which they can return. This is an important part of any safe and successful release into the community.

Next Steps

To shape the “new normal”, the Commissioner has created a governance structure made up of subject matter experts, union representatives, senior managers from different sectors of CSC and external representatives, to look at different operational activities and make recommendations. As a first step, CSC is preparing to resume some services, activities and programs. These decisions are based on whether there is community transmission of the virus and on public health guidance.

One of CSC’s first priorities is to support offender safe releases; we are therefore looking at resuming group programming in the near future. Group programming will look different than prior to COVID-19. Groups will be significantly smaller, chairs will be spaced 3 meters apart, everyone will be wearing masks, and session lengths may be shorter. CSC will continue to explore and identify with public health authorities how to adapt our environments and infrastructure to increase our ability to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

For correctional programs, in places where there is no local transmission of COVID-19, we expect to begin resuming correctional programs at some sites by the end of the month.


Prepared by: Raj Oberoi, Officer, Parliamentary Relation, 613-794-9632
Approved by: Kirstan Gagnon, Assistant Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, 613-995-6867

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