Imprisoning the Pandemic: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Canadian Prisons

table showing the number of prisoners in canada who have contracted covid

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Linked to Canadian Carceral Insitutions as of April 17th, 2020 at 12:30 pm est.

Given the urgent need to prevent the further transmission of COVID-19 amongst people who are caged and working in Ontario’s provincial jails and prisons, the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project is again urging the province to take additional measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission behind jail walls to protect prisoners and staff, as well as public health and community safety. CPEP has been compiling a list of of affected institutions across Canada.

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Laval Immigration Holding Centre (La Presse)
Toronto Immigration Holding Centre (TVO)

Federal / Correctional Service Canada (CSC)
Port-Cartier Institution (La Presse / CSC)
Donnacona Institution (Journal de Québec)
Drummond Institution (The Canadian Press)
Joliette Institution (La Presse / CSC)
Federal Training Centre (La Presse CSC)
Beaver Creek Institution (Global News)
Grand Valley Institution (CBC News / CSC)
Mission Medium Institution (Vancouver Sun / CSC)

Établissement de détention de Sherbrooke (Radio-Canada)
Établissement de détention de Saint-Jérôme (La Presse )
Établissement de détention de Montréal – Bordeaux (La Presse)
Palais de justice de Montréal (La Presse)
Toronto South Detention Centre (CBC News)
Ontario Correctional Institute (CTV News)
Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre (Hamilton Spectator)
South West Detention Centre (Windsor Star)
Monteith Correctional Complex (CBC News)
Saskatoon Correctional Centre (Global News)
Okanagan Correctional Centre (CTV News)