Facilities for the Incarceration of Women in Ontario

Federal Institutions

In Canada, women sentenced to prison terms of greater than two years will serve their time in a federal institution operated by the Correctional Service of Canada. In Ontario, there is one penitentiary which can house about 75 women and one community correctional centre (CCC), which is slated to close soon.

Grand Valley Institution
1575 Homer Watson Boulevard
Kitchener, Ontario N2P 2C5
Telephone: (519) 894-2011
Website:: Institutional Profile

Provincial Institutions

Adult women sentenced to incarceration for less than two years serve their sentences in provincial institutions operated by the Ministry of Public Safety and Security (MPSS). One provincial facility is dedicated to housing women, the Vanier Centre for Women, at the Maplehurst campus in Milton. It is designed for 124 women, mostly sentenced but also some remanded in custody pending trial or sentence. Women are also held in special units of local jails, detention centres, and correctional centres where men are housed. Young offenders, ages 12 to 17, are housed separately from adults in facilities operated by the MPSS or non-profit transfer paymenrt agencies. Most are held in co-ed facilities, sometimes in the same unit as males.


Visiting hours vary from facility to facility. Call the institution to confirm local guidelines and visiting hours for the day you plan to visit.

Central East Correctional Centre
40 Simpson Road
Lindsay, Ontario K9V 6H2
Telephone (705) 328-6000
Central North Correctional Centre
1501 Fuller Avenue
Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 2H4
Telephone (705) 549-9470
Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre
711 Exeter Road
London, Ontario N6E 1L3
Telephone (519) 686-1922
Fort Frances Jail
Box 189, 319 Nelson Street
Fort Frances, Ontario P9A 3M6
Telephone (807) 274-7708
Kenora Jail
1430 River Street
Kenora, Ontario P9N 1K5
Telephone (807) 468-2871
North Bay Jail
2550 Trout Lake Road
North Bay, Ontario P1B 7S7
Telephone (705) 472-8115
Northern Treatment Centre
800 Great Northern Road
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 6N3
Telephone (705) 946-0995
Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre
2244 Innes Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1B 4C4
Telephone (613) 824-6080
Owen Sound Jail
1235 Third Avenue East
Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 5R1
Telephone (519) 376-0435
Quinte Detention Centre
89 Richmond Boulevard
Napanee, Ontario K7R 3S1
Telephone (613) 354-9701
Sarnia Jail
700 North Christina Street
Sarnia, Ontario N7V 3X2
Telephone (519) 337-3261
Sault Ste. Marie Jail
145 McNabb Street
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 5L8
Telephone (705) 256-3020
Thunder Bay Jail
285 McDougall Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 5G3
Telephone (807) 345-7364
Vanier Centre for Women at Milton
665 Martin Street
Milton, Ontario L9T 5E6
Telephone (905) 876-8300
Windsor Jail
378 Brock Street,
Windsor, Ontario N9C 3Y6
Telephone (519) 973-1324

Young Offenders

These two secure custody facilities, operated by MPSS, have units for young women.

Bluewater Youth Centre
Highway 21 South
Goderich, Ontario N7A 3Y8
Telephone (519) 524-2107