St. Leonard’s Society of Canada (SLSC) is a membership-based, charitable organization dedicated to community safety. The first St. Leonard’s transitional residence opened its doors in Windsor in 1962 to welcome people exiting prison and help them establish themselves in the community. The success of the program was soon recognized and it was duplicated in other cities, leading to the creation of the SLSC in 1967. Today the SLSC Team provides policy and research work from Ottawa, to support our affiliate agencies across the country.



October 21, 2019:

Attending this weekend’s Board meeting? Go to our ‘Upcoming Members Meetings‘ page for all the information you need. 


August 8, 2019:

Catch up on SLSC’s 2019 activities in the latest edition of our newsletter, Community Connections/Communication en communauté (Summer 2019). Items of interest include:

  • Photos and news our 2019 AGM, awards, and St. Leonard’s Society of North Vancouver’s 40th Anniversary

  • The dedication of Emerald St. Residence as ‘Clinton House’

  • A tribute in memory of John Braithwaite

  • and much more!


July 29, 2019:

Interested in the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness’ (CAEH) work to support a Right to Housing framework within the National Housing Strategy in Canada? Take a look at CAEH’s Right to Housing Backgrounder and Fact Sheet.

To express your support for a rights-based framework for housing, you can use THIS TEMPLATE LETTER to send to your local member of parliament, as well as use CAEH’s Social Media Post Examples


July 2, 2019:

SLSC’s 2019 version of Smart on Crime is now out. Please share this document with your network and local Member of Parliament to encourage them to be smart on crime in the upcoming election.

Smart on Crime: The St. Leonard’s Perspective on What Works and What Matters in Criminal Justice (2019)


May 23, 2019:

SLSC is pleased to release the final report submitted to Public Safety Canada entitled Life(r)’s Work: Developing a Modernized Strategy for Life-Sentenced People in Canada.


February 28, 2019:

PRESS RELEASE: SLSC Response to Office of the Correctional Investigator (OCI) & Canadian Human Rights Commission’s (CHRC) Joint Report Aging and Dying in Prison

In response to:

OCI & CHRC Joint Report Aging and Dying in Prison

UPDATE March 5, 2019: Correctional Service of Canada’s response:

Promoting Wellness and Independence among Older Persons in CSC Custody