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  • Prison Pandemic Papers - Links to Disclosure Exemptions and ATI/FOI Request Forms
    by Administrator on March 9, 2022

    The Prison Pandemic Partnership launched its Prison Pandemic Papers in March 2022. The dataset includes "unpublished government records obtained using access to information [ATI] and freedom of information [FOI] requests submitted to governments across Canada" that "provide insights into the COVID-19 response of federal, provincial, and territorial prison authorities, along with the impact the pandemic has had on imprisoned people and those working in congregate settings of human caging". It is […]

  • Over 22,400 COVID-19 Cases Linked to Jails, Prisons and Penitentiaries in Canada by the End of February 2022
    by Administrator on February 27, 2022

    * Updated 2 March 2022 at 11:20am ET *OVERALLPrisoners = 16,111 (11 deaths reported)Staff = 6,250 (1 death reported)Contractors = 6 Unknown = 61Total = 22,428Canadian Jurisdictions with Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to their Jails, Prisons and Penitentiaries by the end of February 2022Federal | Correctional Service Canada = 5,189 (3,489 prisoners | 1,700 staff) Newfoundland and Labrador = 22 (22 prisoners | 0 staff)Prince Edward Island = 23 (8 prisoners | 15 staff)Nova Scotia = 147 […]

  • COVID-19 Cases Linked to Territorial Jails and Prisons in Canada (end-February 2022)
    by Administrator on February 27, 2022

     * Updated 27 February 2022 at 2:35pm ET *117 Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to Territorial Jails and Prisons in Canada as of the end of February 2022 *Prisoners = 51Staff =  15Unknown = 51Total = 117* Data based on figures made publicly available through media reporting. Due a lack of proactive disclosure by territorial governments in Canada and the quality of the data available, it is possible that there are additional laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst territorial prisoners […]

  • COVID-19 Cases Linked to British Columbia Provincial Jails and Prisons (end-February 2022)
    by Administrator on February 27, 2022

     * Updated 27 February 2022 at 2:10pm ET *278 Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to British Columbia Provincial Jails and Prisons as of the end of December 2021 *Prisoners = 229Staff =  49Total = 278* Data based on figures made publicly available through government, union and media reporting. Due to the quality of the data available (e.g. the last data available is from media reporting on 8 November 2021), it is possible that there are fewer or additional laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 […]

  • COVID-19 Cases Linked to Alberta Provincial Jails and Prisons (end-February 2022)
    by Administrator on February 27, 2022

     * Updated 27 February 2022 at 1:55pm ET *3,015 Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to Alberta Provincial Jails and Prisons as of the end of February 2022 *Prisoners = 2,543 adults + 19 youthStaff = 451Contractors = 2Total = 3,015* Data based on figures made publicly available through government, union and media reporting. Due to the quality of the data available (e.g. the last cases linked to Alberta provincial jails and prisons were reported by the Edmonton Journal on 28 January 2022), it is […]

  • COVID-19 Cases Linked to Saskatchewan Provincial Jails and Prisons (end-February 2022)
    by Administrator on February 27, 2022

     * Updated 27 February 2022 at 1:40pm ET *1,872 Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to Saskatchewan Provincial Jails and Prisons as of the end of February 2022 *Prisoners = 1,444 Staff = 608Total = 2,052* The Government of Saskatchewan announced in early-February 2022 that they would no longer be sharing data concerning confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst provincial prisoners and prison staff (see Saskatoon StarPhoenix - 7 February 2022). The data below is based on figures previously made […]

  • COVID-19 Cases Linked to Manitoba Provincial Jails and Prisons (end-February 2022)
    by Administrator on February 27, 2022

     * Updated: 28 February 2022 at 3:20pm ET *1,433 Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to Manitoba Provincial Jails and Prisons as of 28 February 2022Prisoners = 941Staff = 492Total = 1,433INSTITUTIONS AND CASESAgassiz Youth CentrePrisoners = 27Staff = 23Total = 50Source: Data MB (28 February 2022)Brandon Correctional CentrePrisoners = 187Staff = 72Total = 259Source: Data MB (28 February 2022) Headingly Correctional CentrePrisoners = 329 Staff = 145Total = 474Source: Data MB (28 February […]

  • COVID-19 Cases Linked to Ontario Provincial Jails and Prisons (end-February 2022)
    by Administrator on February 27, 2022

      * Updated: 2 March 2022 at 11:20am ET *6,027 Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to Ontario Provincial Jails and Prisons as of 28 February 2022 *Prisoners = 4,648 (2 dead)Staff = 1,375Contractor = 4Total = 6,027* Data based on figures made publicly available through government, union and media reporting. Due to the quality of the data available, it is possible that there are additional laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst provincial prison staff in Ontario that have not been […]

  • COVID-19 Cases Linked to Quebec Provincial Jails and Prisons (end-February 2022)
    by Administrator on February 27, 2022

     * Updated 1 March 2022 at 3:15pm ET *3,787 Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to Quebec Provincial Jails and Prisons as of 28 February 2022 *Prisoners = 2,359Staff =  1,428Total = 3,787* Data based on figures made publicly available by Quebec's provincial government.INSTITUTIONS AND CASESÉtablissement de détention d'AmosPrisoners = 58Staff = 32Total = 90Source: Gouvernement du Québec (28 February 2022)Établissement de détention Baie ComeauPrisoners = 1Staff = 11Total = […]

  • COVID-19 Cases Linked to Provincial Jails and Prisons in Atlantic Canada (end-February 2022)
    by Administrator on February 27, 2022

    * Updated 27 February 2022 at 10:25am ET *530 Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to Provincial Jails and Prisons in Atlantic Canada as of the end of February 2022 *Prisoners = 388 (1 dead)Staff =  132Unknown = 10Total = 530* Data based on figures made publicly available through government, union and media reporting. Due a lack of proactive disclosure by some provincial governments in Atlantic Canada and the quality of the data available, it is possible that there are additional laboratory […]