Correctional and remand centres

Adult correctional centres

Remand centres


Personal development programs are offered in each correctional facility to address the needs of sentenced adult inmates:

Counseling and personal development

  • life management skills
  • anger management
  • family violence prevention
  • addictions awareness
  • release planning
  • Aboriginal culture and spirituality

Employment and work

An 'Employment Skills' program is offered to help inmates increase their employability.

Education / vocation

Community-based programs are provided to adult inmates through a network of community corrections offices across the province.

Community corrections adult programs

Operational requirements

To ensure safety and security, correctional centres follow these operational requirements:

  • assess, classify and then place remanded and sentenced inmates
  • supervise remanded and sentenced inmates
  • report on remanded and sentenced inmates (eg, behavior, health)
  • provide rehabilitation services to sentenced and, where feasible and appropriate, remanded inmates
  • provide health services to remanded and sentenced inmates
  • provide specialized programs to sentenced inmates, such as family violence prevention, prostitution prevention, anger management, substance abuse
  • provide access to employment programs to sentenced inmates
  • provide opportunities for educational upgrading and skills training to sentenced inmates
  • collect and share gang and organized crime intelligence
  • provide opportunities for Aboriginal inmate programs
  • coordinate court appearances for remanded and sentenced inmates
  • transport remanded and sentenced inmates where required

Quick facts

Between fiscal years 2005 / 2006 and 2009 / 2010:

  • the average daily inmate population increased by 22.5%
  • Aboriginal admissions, as a percentage of total admissions, remained virtually unchanged at about 36.5%
  • the average stay for remanded inmates (ie, those awaiting trial) was 18 days

The average daily inmate population rose each fiscal year:

  • 2,374 in 2005 / 2006
  • 2,579 in 2006 / 2007
  • 2,656 in 2007 / 2008
  • 2,838 in 2008 / 2009
  • 2,907 in 2009 / 2010